But Richmond did not look rusty at all in a 6-0 win over the Lady Pirates in the 2010 SEC opener for both squads.
The Lady Raiders (4-3 overall, 1-0 SEC) spent the majority of their break working on their defense, and it showed: Richmond played error-free softball.
And pitcher Casey Snead kept the Lady Pirate hitters off-balance all night long, striking out nine en route to the shutout.
“Casey just threw an awesome game, and we got timely hitting and played good defense,” Wimpey said. “
Richmond struck first in the bottom of the first: Maggie McKenzie led off with a solo homer to center. With one out, Brittani Hodges singled, but with two outs, a rain shower caused the umpires to pull the teams off the field. When play resumed after about 20 minutes, the Lady Raiders got a walk from Alex Gardner to put runners at first and second, but a popup to short ended the threat.
The Lady Raiders added to their lead in the bottom of the third. A pair of walks and an infield single by Hodges loaded the bases. Gardner drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Richmond lead.
Lumberton had its best scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth, when consecutive one-out singles by Kenna Cain and Kacey Dent put runners at first and second. But a force-out at second on a fielder’s choice and a strikeout stranded the runners.
Richmond picked up another pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Hodges walked, and Rebecca Kinsey hit a drive to left that was mishandled for an error. Gardner drew a walk to load the bases, and with one out, Ashlee Floyd doubled into the gap in left-center to score two runs and give the Lady Raiders a 4-0 advantage.
The Lady Raiders added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. McKenzie singled, and Kandace Frye drew a walk.
With two outs, pinch-hitter Morgan Denham hit a two-RBI single to left.
Richmond hit’s the road for a pair of SEC games next week, traveling to Pinecrest on Tuesday and Scotland on Thursday.
n Contact sports editor David Vantress at 997-3111, ext. 14 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.