April 16, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ROBINSON - The John A. Logan College softball team took a pair at Lincoln Trail College Saturday, winning the opener, 9-0, in five innings and the nightcap, 5-4.

Sophomore Jennifer Bailey was the winning pitcher in Game 1. She allowed only two hits in her five innings of work, struck out seven, and walked only one.

The Vols plated one run in the second inning when Lauren Talton walked, advanced on a single by Brooke Arnold, moved to third on a double play, and then scored on an RBI single from Jordyn Smith.

Logan piled on in the fourth with eight runs.

Katrina Whitley reached on an error. She stole second and third ahead of a walk to Smith. Kiley Pelker then drilled a three-run homer to center.

Kelsey Rogers followed with a single. Bailey walked. Megan Hampton doubled to drive in Rogers. Talton walked. Arnold walked to force in a run, and Sydnee Rushing singled in two.

Rogers finished with two hits to pace the offense.

In Game 2, Logan scored four times in the second inning. Arnold singled. Rushing bunted her to second. Smith blasted a two-run homer. Pelker singled. Rogers drove her in and Bailey's double drove in Rogers.

The Vols added what proved to be the winning run in the fourth inning when Smith singled, advanced on a passed ball, moved to third on Pelker's single, and scored on Rogers' sac fly.

Pelker and Smith each collected three hits to lead the attack. Arnold and Logan Bowlby chipped in two hits apiece.

Freshman Nicole Short went all seven innings and earned the win. She scattered five hits, struck out six, and walked one.

"I thought it was great to pick up two wins today. We really needed these to boost our confidence a little," said Vols head coach Angie Jilek. "It's been a long week of games and we've been working around so many injuries.

"Today, our pitching was much better. Jen threw an exceptional game, allowing only two hits and Nicole did a fine job, too," Jilek said. "Offensively, we put some runs on the board, which is what we needed."

Logan improves to 17-9 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 27-13 overall and will play host to Southeastern Illinois in a 1 p.m. doubleheader today.