Softball suff ers setback at CCU tourney

The St. John’s softball team went 1-3
during the Coastal Carolina Tournament
over the weekend.

The Red Storm split the first two
games on Saturday, falling to Kent State
before defeating Siena. On Sunday, they
would be routed by Coastal Carolina in
fi ve innings and lost to Kent State again
after rallying from a seven-run deficit.

The Red Storm left the Coastal
Carolina tournament with an overall
record of 11-14, which was not what head
coach Amy Kvilhaug was looking for.
“Obviously there’s no getting around
the fact that we had a tough weekend,”
she said. “I think you can always learn
from adversity and a lot of times it can
make you stronger.

“People just need to work on their
individual issues and, in turn, it will
make our team better. I have all the
faith in the world that that’s going to
happen and we’re going to be just fine,”
Kvilhaug said.

The Red Storm got into an early hole
Saturday in their fi rst game against Kent
State, falling behind 6-0 in the second
inning. St. John’s starter Kat Lawrence
did not record an out in the second inning
as but struck out the side in the fi rst. She
allowed six runs (four earned) in 1
inning pitched.

Linzee Sumrall relieved Lawrence
and kept the Red Storm in the game, as
she pitched 5 innings and did not allow a
run, striking out ten batters.

Freshmen Amber Curry and Chrissy
Montez both went 1-for-3 with solo home
runs, and Chelsea Durning went 2-for-3
in the 6-3 losing effort.

Later on in the day, the Red Storm
bounced back with a 5-2 victory over
Siena. Sumrall was once again dominant
in the circle, pitching a complete game
while only giving up two runs to pick up
her fourth win of the year.

Sumrall got plenty of run
support, as the Red Storm took a 1-0
lead in the fourth on a Kacee Cox RBI
single. The offense broke out in the fi fth
inning, as they scored four runs to
take a 5-0 lead. Cox went 2-for-4 with
two RBI, while Julia Sanchez went
1-for-3 with two RBI as well.

On Sunday, the Red Storm began
their day by getting blown out by Coastal
Carolina 15-2 in fi ve innings. The
Chanticleers scored ten runs in the
second inning and did not look back.

St. John’s trailed 15-0 before they
fi nally got on the board in the fi fth
inning, as they scored two runs on
an RBI double by Durning and a
groundout by Curry.

The Red Storm fi nished out the
weekend by falling 11-7 to Kent State
once again. Kent State had a 9-2 lead
in the fourth, but the Red Storm would
fi ght back into the game by scoring
fi ve runs in the inning, highlighted by
a three-run home run by Cox. Kent
State padded its lead in the bottom of
the fi fth by scoring two runs and kept
St. John’s off the board for the rest of
the game.

St. John’s softball returns to action
today as they travel to play Fordham at
4 p.m.