CU, CSU, CCU, GWU and WU Softball Earn Wins Friday
Winthrop 5, Western Illinois 2
Winthrop 7, University of Buffalo 6
The Eagles' offense combined for 12 runs on 19 hits to earn a 5-2 win over Western Illinois and a 7-6 victory over the University of Buffalo in the first day of the 9th Annual Georgia Softball Classic.
With the wins, the Eagles improve to 4-2. Western Illinois falls to 2-3 and Buffalo is now 2-4.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead on Western Illinois and it was all the cushion that Natalie Becker, a sophomore pitcher, needed in the Eagles' first game.
Becker, who struggled a little bit last weekend, dominated against Western Illinois. In her first complete game of the season, she gave up just two runs, two walks and recorded seven strike outs. The first hit for Western Illinois didn't come until the 5th when Teagan Walsh and Ashley Campbell got back-to-back singles but she ended the threat by getting the next two batters to ground out and then strike out looking.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the 7th when Becker walked the leadoff batter and eventually had the bases loaded. Western Illinois ended up scoring two runs in the inning but Becker regained her composure and ended the game by getting a fly ball to left field. She is now 2-1 on the year.
The Eagles' offensive attack was a team effort on Friday. McKenzi Corn got things started for the Eagles by drawing a one-out walk and then stealing second base. She scored on a Kathryn Eberlin double. Eberlin advanced to third on a ground ball to second by Schoenfeldt. Eberlin scored on a throw to second from the catcher trying to throw out Alex White. Melanie Andrea came through again with another RBI single to score White. They scored three runs on two hits in the first and put up eight hits, and five runs in the game. Megan Chapman, Eberlin, Andrea and Kristy Noble each had two hits in the game. The Eagles took the momentum from the win over Western Illinois into their second game today in what turned into an offensive battle with the Buffalo.
The Eagles wasted no time getting on the board in the second game scoring three runs on two hits in the first inning, forcing a pitching change for the Bulls. Chapman led off with a single to left, Corn drew a walk and Eberlin got hit by a pitch loading the bases for the Eagles' best hitter, Schoenfeldt. Schoenfeldt delivered a double down the right field line scoring Chapman and Corn. Andrea hit a deep foul ball to score Eberlin.
It was a team effort by the Eagle pitching staff to defeat the Bulls' offense. Schoenfeldt started the game in the circle for the Eagles. She gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits before she was replaced by Sutton Watson, who pitched two innings and gave up two runs and two hits. Becker relieved Watson in the bottom of the fifth and only gave up one run and two hits to hold the Bulls offense down just enough to earn the win.
The two teams fought the whole game but the Eagles got the timely hits they needed to win. Noble came up big in the top of the fifth inning with her first home run as an Eagle. Her solo shot put the Eagles back in the lead 6-5.
The Bulls came back again and tied the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth inning but Andrea came through with what would be the game winning hit for the second time this season. Mckenzi Corn started the inning with a single to center field. She advanced to second after Schoenfeldt reached on an error by the second baseman. Andrea then singled to left center, scoring Corn making it 7-6 Eagles. The Bulls had multiple opportunities to score in the sixth and seventh innings but pitcher Becker came through again and held on to the lead to earn her first win of the season.
On the day, Chapman had five hits and extended her hitting streak to three games. Andrea had three hits and 3 RBI. Schoenfeldt had three hits and 4 RBI in the second game. Corn had two hits and scored four runs. Corn, White and Eberlin have all reached base in six straight games to open the season.
Winthrop will be back in action Saturday as it faces Tennessee Tech at 3 p.m. and then take on the University of Connecticut at 7:00pm. The Eagles' game on Sunday versus Georgia has been moved from 3:00pm to 1:00pm.
Charleston Southern 3, Marshall 2
Morgan Dowdy hurled her second complete game of the season and Hayes Holdsworth delivered an 8th inning RBI single to lift the Charleston Southern softball team over Marshall, 3-2, on Friday morning at the College of Charleston Classic.
CSU (4-0) could not break through against Marshall starter Andi Williamson after plating two runs in the first, but Dowdy kept the Thundering Herd offense mostly at bay to force extra innings. The Bucs took advantage immediately in the tiebreaker, as Jana Matthews was placed on second base and crossed home plate for the decisive run when Holdsworth laced a RBI single down the left field line.
Dowdy improved to 3-0 on the year over 8.0 superb innings, while Williamson (2-1) took the hard-luck loss and went the distance for Marshall (4-2) despite striking out a career-high 13 batters. Dowdy recorded seven punchouts herself, and ran her streak of consecutive innings without yielding an earned run to 32.1 before surrendering a home run to Rebecca Gamby to start the fourth.
CSU tallied multiple first inning runs for the third consecutive contest to take a 2-0 lead off Williamson in the top of the first.
The first four batters the Bucs sent to the plate reached base, starting with a Megan Lombard leadoff walk. Jessica Brock was next, and continued her hot hitting by stroking a groundball single up the middle which sent Lombard on to third. Matthews kept the line moving when she lofted a RBI single into shallow center field to score Lombard for the game's first run. Kristin Kelleher then laid down a textbook sacrifice bunt up the third base line, and Brock came in to cross the plate for a 2-0 Bucs advantage when Thundering Herd second baseman Amanda Lara could not handle the throw across the diamond at first.
Williamson settled into a groove for Marshall in the circle after the rough start, striking out the side in the first and second innings before fanning two more in the third.
Marshall scratched out an unearned run off Dowdy to draw within 2-1 in the bottom of the second as Victoria Marvin worked a two-out walk, stole second base and came plateward on a throwing error. The Thundering Herd entered play as the national leader in stolen bases, and swiped one each in the first two innings before Bucs catcher Melanie Stickney fired a strike down to Lombard at second to cut down a runner and cap the third frame.
The Thundering Herd played long ball to even the ledger at 2-2 in the last half of the fourth, as Gamby slugged a long leadoff home run over the right field fence. Dowdy rebounded to retire the next three batters following the solo blast, though, as she used a pretty changeup to fan Marvin for her third strikeout of the morning.
CSU produced some solid swings against Williamson in the sixth, but could not get on the scoreboard. Stephanie Sbardella smoked a double off the base of the center field wall to start the inning, but was thrown out on a fielder's choice when Marshall shortstop Alianna Telles made a heads-up play on a groundball from Trea Steele. Stickney made a bid for her first homer of the year with a long drive to the left-center field gap, but it died on the warning track for the second out and Melissa Adams grounded into a fielder's choice for the final out of the frame.
Marshall was turned away by Dowdy in the bottom of the sixth, despite loading the bases on a pair of infield singles and an intentional walk with only one out. Dowdy bore down to whiff pinch hitter Bri Anna Hope on another changeup, before inducing a groundout from Taylor Winton that Sbardella took to the third base bag herself to thwart the threat.
Both clubs were set down 1-2-3 in the seventh inning, setting the stage for Holdsworth's heroics in the tiebreaker. Marshall got a runner to third base with only one out in the bottom of the eighth, but Dowdy would not wilt and induced a foul pop and a fielder's choice groundout to preserve the victory.
CSU returns to the diamond this afternoon in a scheduled 2:00pm first pitch when they face off against Kennesaw State of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Freshman Jen Giles is expected to make her second start of the season in the circle for the Bucs.
Gardner-Webb 6, Morgan State 4
The Runnin' Bulldogs overcame a 3-1 deficit to score five runs over the fourth, fifth and six innings en route to taking game one of the twin bill 6-4 over the Lady Bears.
After allowing a first inning run to the Lady Bears, Gardner-Webb redshirt-sophomore Morgan Baker led off the bottom of the second with a double to right center. Three batters later, pitch runner Rachel Jablonski scored on a Lindsea Hutchinson line drive single to center, tying the score up at 1-1 after two.
Morgan State's Shareday Christina led off the top of the third with a solo home run to left field, while Boshia Rodriguez and Sakina Smith added RBI singles in the inning to push the Lady Bears lead to three at 4-1.
Down three, the GWU offense woke up, as senior catcher McKenzie Morenus led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to right center. Two outs later, Burns belted a deep fly ball to left field which sailed over the fence for her first career home run and put the home team down just one at 4-3 after four innings of play.
The GWU bats remained hot in the fifth, as this time Dulkowski crushed a home run over the left center field fence, tying the score up at 4-4.
GWU's Beres shut down the Lady Bear offense over the last four innings, while in the bottom of the sixth Gomes came through with an RBI single to plate fellow freshman Pridgen to put the Runnin' Bulldogs on top at 5-4.
A bases loaded walk by Dulkowski later on in the inning put the Runnin' Bulldogs in front by two at 6-4 heading into the final inning of play.
Despite two hits in the seventh, base running blunders by Morgan State and great outfield play by Dulkowski and Jane Savage allowed the Runnin' Bulldogs to hold on for the 6-4 home win.
In her first career start, Gutierrez allowed four runs on seven hits, while striking out one over 2.1 innings of work.
However, Beres (1-0) was strong out of the bullpen, as the freshman did not allow a single run on five hits, while striking out two over the final 4.2 innings of play to earn the win.
The loss went to Morgan State's Jordan Eades (0-1), as the righty allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits over five innings.
Offensively for GWU, Hutchinson led the way at the plate, as the right fielder was 2-3 with an RBI, while Dulkowski was 1-2 with two RBIs, a home run and a walk.
For the Lady Bears, Danielle Lugo was 3-4, while Smith was 2-3 with an RBI. Tiffany Rubin and Lydia Rodriguez were both 2-4 for the game.
Gardner-Webb 8, Morgan State 0
In game two of the non-Conference twin bill, Morgan State posted two of their three hits in the first inning, as redshirt-senior hurler Cindy Boomhower did not allow a single hit over the final four innings of play to help lead GWU to the 8-0 shutout win.
In the first, Morgan State threatened early as Devina Brown led off the game with a single to center. However, GWU starter Jessica Milligan got the next Lady Bear batter to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the early scoring threat.
The GWU offense broke through in the bottom of the second, as Gomes led off the inning with a single to short. After Pridgen, who entered the game to run for Gomes, stole second and Burns drew a base-on-balls, Hutchinson laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with only one out.
After Savage reached first safely on a Lady Bear fielding error to load the bases, Dulkowski singled to left center to score both Pridgen and fellow pitch runner Gallardo to put the Runnin' Bulldogs up 2-0.
With runners on second and third with one out, sophomore Samantha Meenaghan reached base on a bunt single to load the bases once more. Two batters later, Morenus lined a double to right center to clear the bases and put the home team up 5-0 after two innings of play.
Boomhower entered the game in the top of the third and proceeded to dominate the Morgan State lineup over the next four innings, not allowing a base runner and striking out three Lady Bears' batters to help GWU to the 8-0 win.
GWU put the game away in the sixth, as Meenaghan, who led off the inning with a triple to right field, scored on a wild pitch and Baker drove in two with a single to left, giving the Runnin' Bulldogs an 8-0 six inning shutout victory.
Boomhower (1-0) earned the win, as she got all 12 batters she faced out. Milligan, who started the game, allowed three hits and issued one walk over the first two innings of the game.
Morgan State's Lugo (0-1) was handed the loss, as the lefty surrendered five runs on eight hits over five innings of play.
At the plate, Meenaghan was 3-4 with a triple and two runs scored, while Morenus was 1-1 with a double, three RBIs and three walks. Baker was 1-4 with two RBIs, while Dulkowski was 1-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Brown, Rubin and Deanna Matlock each had one hit apiece in the loss for the Lady Bears.
Gardner-Webb (2-0) will return to action tomorrow afternoon, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will hit the road to take on the Furman Paladins in a twin tilt starting at 12:00pm in Greenville, S.C.
Campbell 6, Ohio 4
Robert Morris 5, Campbell 1
Campbell's softball team (2-4) split the team's two games on the first day of the Hampton Invitational on Friday, Feb. 17, at the Eakes Athletic Complex in Buies Creek, N.C. The Camels fell in the opening game by a 5-1 score to Robert Morris, but then rallied to win the second game over Ohio by a 6-4 score.
Junior Brittany Arnn (1-2) battled hard in the second game to throw the complete game and earn her first victory of the season. She also set a new career-high with nine strikeouts of the Bobcats to better the eight she had against Lehigh last season. Arnn allowed four runs and four walks during her seven innings of work. The loss was taken by Ohio's Kaylin Clarke, who allowed five runs in her first two innings of work.
The Camels jumped all over the Bobcats with five runs in the first three innings. CU started the scoring with a run in the first. Junior Sarah Forgacs started the rally with lead-off single. She moved to second on freshman Ericka Nesbitt's single and came in to score on senior Taylor McGee's run-scoring double.
Ohio tied the game at one each in the top of the second on Jillian Van Wagnen's run-scoring single to score Gebele, who had started the frame with a lead-off walk.
CU took the lead for good with two more in the second inning. Senior Christina Melton doubled to right center and scored on Shaela Churchill's triple down the right field line. Sophomore Jessi Lane drove in Churchill's with a sacrifice fly to right.
The Campbell offense added a two-spot in the third inning Nesbitt reached on an infield single and moved to third on Stephanie Jones' double. A wild pitch scored Nesbitt from third. Jones moved to second on a McGee's hit by pitch, third on the first wild pitched and scored herself on the next wild offering.
The Camels' final tally of the game came in the fifth inning on sophomore Raven Lee's first home run of the season.
The Bobcats made the seventh inning exciting with three runs. In the frame, Lauren Gellerman drove in a pair of runs with a double. A wild pitch brought in the final Ohio run before CU's Arnn closed the game with a strikeout.
In the first game of the day for CU, Melton (1-2) started in the circle and was tagged with the loss. She only allowed three hits, but walked eight in the game with four of her walks eventually leading to RMU runs.
A walk to Jaci Timko and hit by Sarah Capp led to the first run for the Colonials in the first inning.
RMU added another tally to the lead in the fourth inning. Timko started another troublesome inning with a walk and scored the team's second run on steal of home while pinch runner Jessica Tanigawa intentionally got hung up in rundown.
The Colonials added their last two runs in the fifth inning. Katrina Gallagher drew a lead-off walk. Chelsea Evans also walked. A ground out moved each runners up a base. Jessica Calderone drove in the first run with her fielder's choice ground out. The second run crossed the plate on Allie Patton's fielder's choice ground out.
The Camels lone tally of the game came in the seventh inning when Melton launched her first home run of the season to make the final score 5-1.
The Camels continue play in the Hampton Inn Invitational with games against Saint Joseph's at 12:30pm and Towson at 5:30pm at the Eakes Athletic Complex, Feb. 18.
Coastal Carolina 9, Mercer 3
North Dakota State 8, Coastal Carolina 3
The Coastal Carolina softball team opened road play earning a 9-3 win over Mercer, before losing 8-3 against North Dakota State on Friday, Feb. 17 to move to 4-2 on the season.
During the first game against Mercer, Coastal jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, as Brooke Donovan scored on a fly out by Chelsea Pineda.
Mercer picked up three straight outs in the bottom of the inning and the Chanticleers extended their lead in the top of the second as Donovan hit a grand slam home run that scored Jessie Winans, Sara Rasley and Sarah Maplesto put the score at 5-0.
Coastal built a 6-0 lead in the following inning, as Kory Hayden scored her second home run of her collegiate career, knocking the ball out of left field.
The Bears cut into the Chanticleers lead in the bottom of the third, as Tiffany Phillips singled through the right side to score McKenzie Woody and Krista Kennedy.
The Chanticleers answered in the next inning when Donovan hit a triple to score Winans for her second run of the game, putting the score at 7-2.
Kassie Bailey scored for Mercer in the bottom of the third on a Sara Stuckes hit a double to left center.
Rasley hit a double in the top of the fifth that scored Maples, to put Coastal ahead 8-3. The Chanticleers earned their final run of the game in the sixth inning when Hayden hit a single to center field to score Donovan.
Kiana Quolas earned the win on the mound for Coastal after pitching six innings allowing six hits, while walking one and striking out one in 26 batters faced.
Kassie Bailey picked up the loss for Mercer on the mound following 4.2 innings pitched. Bailed allowed nine hits and walked one, as well as striking out one.
Donovan had three hits in three at bats, as well as three runs and five RBI, while she was walked once. Hayden finished the game with two hits in four at bats, along with two RBI and one run. Rasley posted 12 assists for the Chanticleers in the win.
Tiffany Phillips recorded two hits and two RBI in four at bats, while Stuckes had two hits and one RBI in three at bats.
During the second game the Chanticleers came out strong, as Hayden posted her second home run of the day to put Coastal ahead 3-0, as Pineda and Quolas scored on the play.
Both teams were held scoreless during the second inning. Coastal then struggled defensively during the bottom of the third, as the Bison were able to go ahead 7-3. North Dakota State was able to pick up runs off of three doubles and two singles.
The Chanticleers recovered on the defensive side, as they didn't allow a run in the fourth or the fifth, but they were unable to cut into the Bison lead.
North Dakota State scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead 8-3, as Amanda Grable hit a single through the right side, which allowed Alex Sobrero to advance home.
In the top of the seventh, Coastal looked to make a comeback, but the Chants were unable to get runners in scoring position and the Bison took the game 8-3.
Ashley Bagwell took the loss for the Chants, after pitching 2.1 innings giving up five hits and three walks.
Whitney Johnson earned the win for North Dakota State, as she pitched all seven innings giving up four hits, while walking four and striking out 10 in 29 batters faced.
Hayden led the way for the Chanticleers with one hit in two at bats and reccorded three RBI. She was also walked once on the afternoon.
Elon 2, Presbyterian College 0
Erin O'Shea scattered four hits and struck out four to lead the Elon Phoenix to a 2-0 win over the Presbyterian College softball team in action this afternoon at the Phoenix Softball Clash in Elon College, N.C.
Elon improved to 5-0 on the young season while PC fell to 1-2.
PC looked as though it would have a solid offensive day with Tera Powell singling to the shortstop to lead off the game. Shelby Petik drew a walk to put Powell in scoring position the next at-bat. An out later Leslie Hensley walked to load the bases. The next two batters popped up to second and struck out to end the threat, however.
After Rachel Hopper lined out to third to start the second inning, Mary Ellen Morris walked and then advanced to second off another Powell single. She wouldn't get any farther after being tagged out at third off an Elon fielder's choice.
Elon struck in the bottom of the second. After the Phoenix led off the inning with back-to-back hits, Morgan Wright singled to left field to drive in O'Shea, who had the first hit of the inning, a single to center field.
PC threatened once more in the top of the third when Morgan Durham was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After taking second off a sacrifice bunt and stealing third, the next two batters popped out to end the inning.
The Phoenix spotted one more run, this one coming in the bottom of the third. Tomeka Watson advanced to first off an error by the shortstop and came home after Elon rattled off two straight hits, the last one a RBI bunt to the shortstop.
The Blue Hose wouldn't get any runners into scoring position the remainder of the game but were able to hold Elon from scoring any more to fall by the final 2-0 margin.
O'Shea picked up the win for Elon, giving up four hits and striking out four in the complete game shut-out. Hensley went 4.0 innings and gave up two runs (one earned), off eight hits and had five strikeouts.
Leading PC was Powell with her two-for-four effort. Elon was led by O'Shea with a three-for-three effort and one RBI.
The Blue Hose continue with tournament action Saturday, Feb. 18 with a 9:30am game against James Madison and a 4:15pm game with Bucknell.