By Vic McDowell, The Circuit
The Lady Ravens dropped an early conference test to Central Methodist University Sunday at the BC Softball Field.
Benedictine (15-10, 2-2 Heart) gave up 13 runs and scratched together two of its own in the doubleheader against No. 11 Central Methodist.
After winning their first two conference games at Missouri Valley on Saturday, the Lady Ravens took the diamond optimistic of their ability to win against the 5-time reigning conference champions.
“They’re a good team,” Benedictine coach Dana Goss said about Central Methodist. “Like I told the girls the conference championship runs through there. “They really thought they were going to come out here and be able to compete, and we just didn’t. It wasn’t our day.”
BC limited its opposition to just one run through each game’s first three innings, but weren’t able to hold on through the majority of the contests.
Central Methodist combined solid defensive prowess with timely hitting to stop any chance BC had to win each game.
Coming in, the Eagles ranked seventh in fielding percentage in the NAIA, ninth in home runs, and sixteenth in slugging percentage.
These statistics were on display, as the Lady Ravens struggled to consistently get on base. The home team also struggled getting outs throughout the day due to the ability of CMU to put the ball in play while bringing runners home.
At the plate, the Lady Ravens mustered together just 3 hits in the first game and just 4 hits in the second.
Junior left fielder Alexis Richardson had a 2-hit game with 2 singles in Game 1. Richardson scored the lone run on a RBI double off the bat of sophomore first baseman Chris Flucke in the seventh inning.
Freshman catcher Lindsay Grant had the lone RBI in the seventh inning of Game 2 on a single that scored freshman pinch runner Anna Mach.
Goss gave credit to the Eagles, who have beat BC in 10 straight matchups, but acknowledged that her team was part of the shortcomings.
“I have to give them some credit, but I still place it more on us, we had more control over those at bats than what we took,” she said. “We just weren’t sharp enough, you can’t come into a game like this, with everything on the line, and be off.”
Junior pitcher Katie Ricklefs surrendered 11 hits for 7 runs in Game 1, while walking 7 runners before giving way to junior Annie Turbyfill in the final frame.
Turbyfill took the circle in Game 2 and gave up 10 hits for 7 runs in a complete-game effort.
Benedictine looks to bounce back with a Wednesday home Heart doubleheader.
“In order to win games like this, you have to play to win, you can’t be afraid to make mistakes,” Goss said. “You can’t be afraid to lose, you have to be ready for it. We are talented enough to beat (CMU), and sometimes they have to learn how to handle success.”
The Lady Ravens host Baker at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the BC Softball