Gardner-Webb 3, Winthrop 2
Gardner-Webb freshman catcher Amanda Gomes' three-run double in the sixth proved to be the difference maker, as the Runnin' Bulldogs defeated the Winthrop Lady Eagles in a 3-2 come from behind win on Sunday afternoon at Terry Field in Rock Hill, S.C.
The win was the Runnin' Bulldogs second straight come from behind win over the Winthrop Lady Eagles and gave Gardner-Webb the 2-1 series win.
With the win GWU improves to 20-23 overall and 6-7 in conference play, while Winthrop falls to 15-30 overall and 3-12 in conference action on the year.
Over the first three innings of play, the Runnin' Bulldog offense had one hit, a two-out single off the bat of designated player Elizabeth Williams in the top of the second, yet stayed in the game by way of the right arm of sophomore pitcher Jessica Childers and the GWU defense.
Despite two Winthrop singles and a wild pitch over the first three innings of play, four strikeouts by Childers and three putouts by the Gardner-Webb infield kept the score at 0-0 over the first three innings.
After failing to score again in the top of the fourth, despite a two-out single by senior McKenzie Morenus, Winthrop recorded three hits in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by an RBI double by Chelsey Schoenfeldt and an RBI single by Alex White, to jump out to a 2-0 lead on the Runnin' Bulldogs with three innings remaining in the contest.
Gardner-Webb got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth, as lead-off hitter Samantha Meenaghan singled to right field with one out. After a GWU strikeout, freshman Savannah Burns and Morneus drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with two outs. Gomes would come through with a clutch hit for the Runnin' Bulldogs, as she ripped a two-out double to right center field to clear the bases and put the visitors on top for the first time in the game at 3-2.
Redshirt-senior Cindy Boomhower, who entered the game to pitch in the middle of the fourth, shut down the Lady Eagle offense, holding Winthrop to just two base runners on one hit and a GWU error over the final two innings of play, to help the Runnin' Bulldogs hold on for the 3-2 come from behind win.
Boomhower (8-5) earned the win in relief work, her second of the weekend, as she held Winthrop scoreless on three hits and two strikeouts over the final 3.2 innings of play. Childers, who started the game for GWU, allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out four in the first 3.1 innings of the contest.
Winthrop's Schoenfeldt (5-16) suffered the loss, as the senior gave up three runs on four hits, two walks and two strikeouts over 6.0 innings of action.
Gomes was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI, while Morenus (1-for-2, walk, run), Meenaghan (1-for-3, run) and Williams (1-for-3) had the other three GWU hits for the game.
For the Lady Eagles offensively, Schoenfeldt was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while White was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Gardner-Webb will return home for a five-game home stand, the Runnin' Bulldogs final home games of the 2012 season. The home stand will kick-off with a Big South Conference doubleheader versus Presbyterian College on Wednesday, April 18, beginning at 2:00pm at Varsity Field.
Winthrop will host a three-game series against Radford, starting on April 21 at 1:00pm.
Liberty 4, Coastal Carolina 2
Liberty scored two runs during both the sixth and seventh innings to secure a 4-2 victory over Coastal Carolina, Sunday at Coastal Carolina Softball Field.
The Lady Flames improve to 15-26, including 6-9 in Big South play, with the victory. Coastal Carolina is now 32-15 with a 9-6 Conference mark, following a 2-1 series victory over the Lady Flames.
The Chanticleers led, 1-0, entering the sixth inning, but two-run base hits by Grace Nordan and Sammi Shivock put the Lady Flames ahead for good.
Chandler Ball (8-8) pitched a complete-game four hitter, striking out five Chanticleers. Four Lady Flames recorded one hit apiece, with Shivock and Amber Donovan each collecting a double. Shivock and Nordan both had two RBIs during Sunday's contest.
Ashley Bagwell (9-7) allowed four runs on just three hits through 6 1/3 innings of work, before Kiana Quolas closed out the game for Coastal Carolina with two strikeouts. Sarah Maples went 2-for-3, and Quolas went 1-for-2 with a home run for the Chanticleers.
After retiring the first five Liberty batters in order, Bagwell hit Donovan with a pitch during the top of the second inning. She then struck out Hanna Nichols to end the Lady Flames' half of the frame.
Quolas drew a leadoff walk in the second inning, and pinch runner Kelsey McNaughton went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ball fanned Stacy Snellings for the third out, sending the scoreless game into the third stanza.
Kaylee West walked as the first batter during the third frame. Jenny Law reached on an error, but Bagwell recorded a strikeout and a flyout to keep the Lady Flames off of the scoreboard.
The Chanticleers claimed a 1-0 lead on a two-out RBI double from Maples in bottom of the third. Ball then got Kory Hayden to pop out, ending the frame.
Meredith Crisante reached by way of a walk in the fourth inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice by Kelby Allen. Bagwell fanned the next two batters to close out the top of the fourth.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Law sent a single to center for Liberty's first base hit. She remained on base when Jill Stephens registered the third out by popping to second.
Liberty received a leadoff baserunner, when Shivock walked in the sixth inning. Shivock advanced one base on a groundout and was erased by a fielder's choice. Donovan followed by slamming a double into the left center gap with two outs, and Nordan gave Liberty a 2-1 lead with a two-run single to center.
The Chanticleers tied the game at 2-2, when Quolas slugged a home run over the fence in center with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
Bagwell hit Strickland with a pitch to open the seventh inning, and Strickland stole second. Law sacrificed pinch runner Marybeth Sciolino to third. Stephens then walked, and Quolas came on to pitch. Shivock greeted her by hitting a double to give Liberty a 4-2 lead. Quolas struck out the final two batters to close out the inning.
Jessie Winans hit a two-out single to keep the Chanticleers' hopes alive in the seventh, but Brooke Donovan flied out to center to end the contest.
The Lady Flames return home, and will host James Madison for a doubleheader on Wednesday. Game one of the twin bill at Liberty Softball Field is scheduled to begin at 2:00pm.
Coastal travels to Campbell on April 20 for a three-game series starting at 4:00pm.
Radford 7, Presbyterian 2
Radford scored six runs in the first three innings and held Presbyterian to three hits in a 7-2 Big South victory Sunday afternoon from RU Softball Field. The win clinched the series for the Highlanders (24-13, 9-3 Big South) as they took two-of-three over the weekend.
Micalah Sacre and Jackie Jenkins combined on the three-hitter. Sacre went the first 3.1 innings without allowing a hit and striking out six, but four walks, two in the fourth, led to the Blue Hose's (14-24, 6-7) only two runs. Jenkins came in and shut the door to pick up her 10th win of the season. She scattered three singles and walked two.
RBI doubles by senior Vicki Madden and junior Ryndee Ruch put Radford up 2-0 in the first. With one out, Madden ripped one just inside the bag at third. As it rolled to the corner, Sacre scampered home from first to put the Highlanders on the board. Ruch was given a second chance and took advantage of it. After her pop up in foul territory was dropped, she doubled to the gap in left easily plating Madden.
The added a run in the second on a successful squeeze by Sacre, knocking in senior Hannah Ojeda and three more in the third.
Ojeda led off with a triple just out of the reach of a diving Tera Powell. Two batters later, Sacre dropped down a perfect bunt for the eventual game-winning run. In the third, two of the three tallies came on run-scoring singles by Ojeda and sophomore Jessie Hutchens.
The Blue Hose scored their two runs without a hit in the fourth as they took advantage of three walks, one with the bases full, and an error.
Powell registered the first hit for Presbyterian with a leadoff single in the fifth and finished 2-for-3. Morgan Durham recorded PC's other hit.
Ojeda, Madden and Hutchens each had two of Radford's nine hits. Madden knocked in two and scored a run, while Ojeda and Hutchens knocked in and tallied a run apiece.
Kensley Loudermelk suffered the defeat as she lasted just one-plus innings. She allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits with two walks and a hit batter. Leslie Hensley tossed the final five innings, giving up four runs, three earned on six hits. She walked one and struck out one.
Radford remains at home for a Tuesday twinbill against UNCG at 4 p.m. Presbyterian stays on the road as it will travel to Gardner-Webb for a League doubleheader on Wednesday at 2:00pm.
PC travels to Gardner-Webb for a doubleheader on April 18. The first game is slated to start at 2:00pm.