Updated Tue, Apr 22, 2014 8:01 am
After sweeping a doubleheader against Pikeville on Saturday, the Rio Grande Redstorm had their six-game win streak tested against No. 8 Lindsay Wilson and came away with a split. The Redstorm notched a 2-1 victory in the first game before dropping the second, 6-1.
Both teams combined for eight hits in the first game. The Redstorm (27-14, 19-11 MSC) squeaked by with a 2-1 victory, thanks in part to a Kari Jenkins RBI double and a Shanea Long RBI single, both coming in the fourth inning. The Blue Raiders (38-6, 24-4) were also able to get a score in the top half of the fourth off of an RBI single from Abbi Goedde.
The two runs were all Rio’s Jenna Jones needed. Jones lasted the full game, giving up one earned run off of five hits. Outside of the fourth inning, Lindsay Wilson’s Casey Bryan was nearly as effective. Bryan only gave up three hits and two earned runs and recorded a game-high 12 strikeouts.
Game two would be a different story for both teams.
Jordan Hood of Lindsay Wilson was running on all cylinders in the circle and the batter’s box. Hood allowed just two hits and one run in game two, along with 12 strikeouts. Hood also led the chard offensively, scoring the first run of the game with a second inning homer. She finished the day going 3-for-4, scoring twice and adding an RBI.
Rio just couldn’t get it together in the circle in game two. The Redstorm went through three pitchers on the outing, as Tiffany Bise got the start but only lasted two innings after giving up one run off of four hits. Katie Noll allowed just as many hits as Bise, yet gave up two runs in two innings of relief. Jenna Jones came in to pitch the final three innings after pitching the first game in its entirety. She surrendered three runs on five hits and was only able to get one strikeout.
The Redstorm will play their final two home games of the season Wednesday, April 23, as they host Georgetown.