Westminster's softball season ends after SLIAC tourney losses

— The No. 4 seed Lady Blue Jays watched their season come to a close after a 7-2 loss to No. 2 seed Greenville (Ill.) College at the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament Thursday night.

The Lady Blue Jays — who finished with a 14-22 mark — fell to top-seeded Fontbonne University 5-0 in their tournament opener earlier Thursday.

Freshman left fielder Allison Biggs’ two-run home run in the top of the first inning gave Westminster College a brief 2-0 advantage over Greenville.

The Lady Panthers got a run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by first baseman Jessica Laubecher. Greenville then went on top to stay at 3-2 in the second on a two-run single by center fielder Bryn McKie.

The Lady Panthers — who out-hit the Lady Blue Jays 9-3 — finished their scoring with four runs in the sixth.

Biggs, senior first baseman Rai’an Harris and freshman third baseman Anne Baker were each 1-for-3 for Westminster.

Senior starter Brittany Lee took the loss for the Lady Blue Jays, allowing five earned runs in six innings. Lee struck out two and walked two.

Lee threw five innings against Fontbonne in the first game. She allowed five runs — four earned — on six hits, struck out four and issued four walks.

The Lady Griffins opened their scoring with two runs in the top of the first, added one in the second and plated two more in the third.

Freshman left fielder Briana Peterson went 2-for-3 with a double as Westminster managed just four hits. Harris and Lee were both 1-for-3.

Biggs received first-team all-SLIAC status, while Lee was a second-team choice and Harris and senior outfielder Becca Rose were honorable-mention selections.

Biggs topped the Lady Blue Jays with 26 RBIs and was third with a .347 batting average. Lee logged a 9-15 record, 127 strikeouts, a 6.07 ERA and 17 complete games.

Harris batted .333 with 24 RBIs and recorded a team-high 202 putouts. Rose hit .252 with 17 RBIs.

Freshman catcher Alyssa Johnson was also named to the all-sportsmanship team.


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