Rough weekend for Saint Mary baseball, softball
- Spires baseball, softball teams combine to win two games over three-day stretch
It was tough sledding for the Saint Mary's baseball and softball squads this weekend.
Both teams could muster up only two wins within the nine games played between them.
Starting on Friday and continuing Saturday, the baseball team was swept in all four contests in its series against Sterling.
At home, the Spires managed one run in a 4-0 defeat. The following contest saw a better outing by the Spires.
With a four-run fifth inning, Saint Mary pulled within one of Sterling, but was unable to put together any more runs and lost 8-4.
The next day on the road, the games went in similar fashion. The Spires held a 6-5 advantage going into the top of the sixth inning.
Unfortunately, USM allowed two more runs in the game and fell short 7-6.
The following bout saw the Spires allow four in the bottom of the fifth inning in a 6-1 lose.
At home Sunday, the squad defeated Benedictine 4-1.
The Spires pitching held Benedictine without a single run through most of the matchup.
Chris Haney claimed the win for the Spires while Joe Haak led the squad in hits on the weekend with nine.
Saint Mary, 6-15, will play at Tabor Thursday at 1 p.m.
On the road the whole weekend, the Lady Spires split with Pikeville on Friday. The first contest saw the Lady Spires get shut out 11-0.
Saint Mary responded the next game by skunking Pikeville 9-0. Tracie Weege and Kristina Hoffman led the squad with three runs each.
Kayla Hackney hit on all four of her at-bats and led the team with six RBIs.
Steeli Norton captured the win and allowed only one hit in the game.
Saturday the Lady Spires fell just short in both games at Brescia. In the first bout, USM allowed the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lose 5-4.
Despite having 13 hits in the next contest, Saint Mary allowed four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and lost 12-8.
USM, 2-8, will host Peru State Wednesday at 3 p.m.