Co-Lin wins first game of national tourney

Published 12:17 am Friday, May 16, 2008

NORMAL, Ill. — Pitcher Becca Bailey threw a 2-hit shutout as the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves posted a 6-0 win over the Delaware Technical & Community College Lady Roadrunners in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament.

Bailey (19-4), a sophomore from Baton Rouge, stuck out 12 batters and walked one.

“Becca had everything working today, it was fun to watch,” said Co-Lin head coach Allen Kent. “(Delaware Tech) swung the bats well in their first game today. Bailey tied the tournament record for strikeouts in a game with 12, but she only threw six innings.”

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Rousseau came in and pitched a perfect seventh inning striking out the side.

The Lady Wolves (33-10) got on the scoreboard in the third inning. Left fielder Candace Avants led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on an Emily Langley single. They advanced a base on a double steal. Shortstop Ashley Sykes ripped a single up the middle to score both runs.

After one out in the fourth inning catcher Missy Paulina singled. Meleah Brown walked. Avants hit a sacrifice grounded out to the pitcher to move up the runners. Centerfielder Emily Langley walked to load the bases. First baseman Rebecca Rousseau hit a 2-run single up the middle scoring Paulina and Brown.

The Lady Wolves plated 2 more runs in the top of the seventh inning. Sykes led off the inning with a walk. Kayla Crochet doubled to right center advancing Sykes to third. Bailey hit a fly ball to center field to score Sykes. Freshman Becca Boone got a pinch-hit single to right field scoring Crochet.

Leading the Lady Wolves’ 11-hit attach with two hits apiece were Sykes, Bailey and Paulina. Crochet added a double. Adding single hits were Langley, Rousseau, Alex Foster and Boone.

“We swung the bats very well, we had several very hard hit balls that were caught,” Kent said. “Ashley Sykes and Rebecca Rousseau each had clutch two-RBI singles.”

Absorbing the loss was Chelsea Walls. Singling for Delaware Tech were catcher Lauren Witzke and first baseman Mindy Wheatley.