ROCK HILL, S.C. – No. 1 Radford plated three runs in the second and one run in the fourth, the fifth and the sixth innings to take the 6-0 win over No. 5 Gardner-Webb Thursday afternoon in game three of the 2009 Big South Softball Championship.
With the win, Radford improves to 38-12, while the Bulldogs fall to 18-26.
Radford opened the scoring up in the second inning, as Hope Creasey hit a towering home run over the left field wall to kick start the high-powered Radford offense who plated three runs on three hits to take an early 3-0 lead.
The Highlanders pushed its lead out to 4-0 in the fourth inning by way of an RBI double by Kristen Shifflett, which drove in Leigh Godfrey on the play, and then added another run in the fifth off a solo shot by Michelle Beall to take a 5-0 lead.
Radford added another solo home run in the bottom of the sixth from senior Alex Roderick to take a 6-0 lead.
Radford’s Chelsea Kelley (22-6), the 2009 Big South Pitcher of the Year, picked up the complete game win, holding the Bulldogs to one hit over seven innings while striking out five GWU hitters.
Junior first-baseman Christa Fullwood had the lone hit of the game for the Bulldogs, as she was 1-2 at the plate and extended her hitting streak to a season-high 12 games.
For Radford, Godfrey was 3-3 with an RBI, while Michelle Beall, Creasey and Roderick all had solo home runs for the game.
With the win the Radford will now play the winner of game four in game seven on Friday afternoon, May 9, at 3:00pm. Gardner-Webb will play No. 6 Coastal Carolina at 10:00am on Friday, May 9 in the first round of the consolation bracket.
Radford Head Coach Mickey Dean
“This was a good team win. Everyone contributed and we need that every game to be successful this weekend.
Chelsea did a nice job of hitting her spots tonight, throwing strikes on their weaknesses and kept the ball out of the zone on their strengths. She was able to keep their batters off balance with her change all game.”
Gardner-Webb Head Coach Tom Cole
“Chelsea Kelley pitched a nice game and held us to one hit. Radford hit the ball well and I give them credit for the win.”