March 18, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARBONDALE - The John A. Logan College softball team opened Great Rivers Athletic Conference play Tuesday with a doubleheader loss to Lake Land College at Charlotte West Stadium on the Southern Illinois University campus.

The Lakers won the first game 11-1 in six innings.

Losing pitcher was sophomore righthander Jolyn Lake (3-1). She worked the first four innings, surrendered six runs on 10 hits. Lake struck out four and walked one.

Lake had to leave the game in the fifth when she took a line drive off her right leg, which may keep her out of action for a period of time.

Brittney Pritchett followed Lake and gave up five runs on four hits in her two innings of work. She also struck out one and walked three.

"Jo was pitching fairly well and was keeping us in the game, but had to come out because she couldn't push off the rubber," said Vols head coach Bruce Jilek. "As for Brittney, well...she never got a chance to warm up properly as she would before a game, so I'm sure that was a factor."

Offensively, Kiley Pelker was 1-for-3 with a run batted in. Maddie Craig had a double and Amanda Evinger added a single.

In Game 2, a 12-0 loss in six innings, Jennifer Bailey was pitcher of record for Logan.

The freshman righthander worked all six frames, allowed 12 runs on 13 hits, struck out two and walked two.

"It was a 3-0 game going into the sixth inning," Jilek said. "We had a chance (to do some damage) in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, but the runners were left stranded as Winchester (Briah) and Craig each struck out. That kind of ended what little momentum we had going at the time and things kind of got away from us the next half inning, which allowed Lake Land to open the game up."
Now 4-6 overall and 0-2 in the GRAC, Logan travels to Wabash Valley College for a 2 p.m. doubleheader in Mount Carmel Thursday.

"We're going to need some players to step up their game and perform better if we're going to have any success," Jilek said.