Jaclyn Endris had three doubles to lead a 19-hit effort by Providence as the visiting Pioneers held off host New Albany 19-15 Tuesday night at Prosser Field.
The Pioneers got out to an 8-0 lead and held on to win despite six errors.
“We’ve been struggling the last two weeks on defense,” Providence coach Sean Payne said. “I think defense wins games, but it really helps when you can outscore your opponent.”
The Pioneers used eight doubles and a home run to score runs in bunches, but sloppy play on defense helped the Bulldogs come backto keep it close.
Providence teed off early against New Albany starter Whitney Atkins. Back-to-back doubles by Marlee Karem and Lillian Hughes helped the Pioneers to a 2-0 lead – followed by a two-run home run by Karly Baumann that made it 4-0 in the top of the first inning.
It was more of the same in the second inning for Providence. A double by Endris got the Pioneers started, then with runners at second and third Hannah Wolford smacked a two-run double down the third base line. Atkins exited the game for New Albany in favor of reliever Brook McCoy after that.
Down 6-0, McCoy didn’t allow another hit that inning, but a sacrifice fly by Hughes and an infield error by the Bulldogs helped Providence to an 8-0 lead.
Just when it looked as if the Pioneers were going to run away with it, a key error helped the Bulldogs fight their way back into the game.
New Albany got the second inning started with a single by Kennedy Wynn. Danielle Williamson followed with a hit back to Pioneers pitcher Riley Lovan. Instead of going for the sure out at first, Lovan tried to get the speedy Wynn at second – and overthrew her intended target.
As the ball rolled into centerfield, Wynn scored and Williamson went to third.
“We took the wrong play and they got momentum,” Payne said of the play.
Back-to-back singles by McCoy and Meg Biggs – along with two more Providence errors – helped the Bulldogs put four runs on the board. After two innings, it was 8-4.
With momentum, however, the Bulldogs couldn’t keep the Pioneers from scoring.
Back-to-back singles by Baumann and Olivia Benningfield set up a two-run double by Endris that highlighted a 3-run Pioneers third.
Down 11-6 going into the fourth inning, New Albany held Providence scoreless. The Bulldogs responded with an RBI double from Jena Fath as part of a three-run inning that made it 11-9 going into the fifth.
New Albany couldn’t keep Providence from scoring in the fifth. A single by Endris and a double by Raymond put runners at second and third base – and both scored to make it 13-9. New Albany answered in the bottom of the inning with a three-run double by Wynn to make it 13-12, but the Bulldogs were never able to fully erase the deficit.
In the Providence sixth, a double by Endris scored two runs – then she scored on a wild pitch to make it 16-12. New Albany got a lead-off triple by McCoy in the bottom of the inning but could notch only one run going into the final inning.
Providence 443 023 3 – 19 19 6
New Albany 042 331 2 – 15 13 5
W – Lovan (3-1). L – Atkins. 2B – Karem (P), Hughes (P) 2, Endris (P) 3, Wolford (P), Raymond (P), Wynn (NA), Fath (NA). 3B – McCoy (NA). HR – Baumann (P). Records – Providence 13-3, New Albany 7-4.