Lady Lions finish classic, 3-2

After a disappointing 2010 season, the Lady Lions softball team started their season on a winning note, going 3-2 during the three day Lion Classic.

The Lady Lions first game of the season resulted in a 5-1 loss to Akron. One bright spot for the Lions came when Katie Duhe got a single in the first inning. With the hit, Duhe recorded a hit in her 15th consecutive game, setting a Southeastern record.

On Saturday, The Lady Lions first game of the day ended with a 4-2 win over Tennessee-Martin. Getting the win on the mound for the Lions was freshman pitcher Jessie Browne, who in her collegiate debut tossed a complete game, striking out 11 batters and allowing only 5 hits. Right fielder Kelsey Nichols lead the Lady Lions at the plate by getting a hit all 4 times at bat and scoring two runs to go along with two RBIs.

The second game of the day against St. Louis resulted in late game heroics by two of Southeastern’s best hitters. Down 8-6 at the top of the 7th inning, designated player Meghan Gomez hit a double, which allowed a runner to score. One batter later, Katie Duhe hit a triple down the right field line, bringing in two runners. Duhe later scored on a wild pitch, giving the Lady Lions 4 runs for the inning and a 10-8 win.

On Sunday, the Lady Lions opened the day with a game against the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Lady Lions went on top early after a two-run home run by Gomez in the first inning. However, the Lady Lions gave up five runs in the 3rd inning and lost, 5-3.

The last game of the weekend for the Lady Lions was the best performance of the weekend for the team, as they rolled to a 9-0 win over Southern. Pitcher Jessie Brown pitched 6 scoreless innings and contributed at the plate by collecting four RBIs, including a home run. Centerfielder Michelle Duhe was another key contributer on offense, hitting a home run and scoring two runs.

In the 5th inning, the game was temporarily stopped when designated player Katie Duhe was hit in the face by the ball while attempting to slide into 2nd base. She left the game and didn’t return.

Following the game, head coach Pete Langlois briefly commented on Duhe’s status.

“That’s a tough one,” said Langlois.” “She suffered a split lip, had teeth pushed backed into her gum and one tooth came out. She’s going to be out for a while.”

After finishing up the five game weekend, head coach Langlois had a bright outlook on the team’s direction.

“The biggest positive we can take from the last five games is that fact that we got output from some freshman,” said Langlois. “Tori Sheppard, Megan McCollum, and Jessie (Browne) really played well for this weekend.”

The Lady Lions return to action tomorrow when they travel to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Lady Tigers.