Stephens College softball avoids shutouts, loses two games to Lindenwood-Belleville

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 10:36 p.m. CST

The Stephens College softball team opened its season with a doubleheader on Wednesday and lost both contests to Lindenwood-Belleville, 14-1 and 13-1 respectively. 

Because of adverse field conditions, the series was moved to an all-turf field at Lou Brock Sports Complex at Lindenwood University in St. Charles.  

Despite cold temperatures and the outcome of the games, Stephens first-year head coach Tracy Dean took some positives away from the encounters. 

"I thought it was a good outing," Dean said. "It was a chance to get our feet wet and see what we need to work on." 

In the first of two games, the Stars' offense was quiet. LU-Belleville retired nine of the Stars' first 10 batters. Through the first two innings, the game remained close, but by the end of the third, the Lynx jumped to a comfortable 8-0 lead. 

Stephens' Jessica McConnell's line drive gave the Stars' their first hit of the day, followed by a double from freshman Katelyn Rush to drive McConnell in and give the Stars their first run of the season. 

Game two was similar to the first. The Lynx raced out to a 6-0 lead by the end of the first inning. Stars hitters left runners on base frequently and totaled nine stranded base runners by the game's end. 

The Stars host their first home series of the year against Nebraska Wesleyan University, pending weather and field conditions at American Legion Park in Columbia. The doubleheader is schedule at 2 and 4 p.m. Friday.

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