PC Sweeps Doubleheader, LU Falls in Two Games
Presbyterian 4, North Carolina Central 0
Presbyterian 5, North Carolina Central 2
The Presbyterian College softball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the first game with three runs in the fourth inning to come away with the 5-2 win over North Carolina Central in the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon at the PC Softball Complex. The Blue Hose scored four runs in the first three innings and held the Eagles to just six base runners en route to a 4-0 blanking over NCCU in the second game.
PC improved to 7-12 overall, while North Carolina dropped to 1-22.
Rachel Hopper led the Blue Hose, recording four hits, including a double and two RBI in game one. Morgan Durham posted two RBI as well, hers' coming off a two-run home run in game two. It was her second home run of the season and extended the PC lead to four after three innings. Erin Talyor had a two-run home run in the first game, the first of her career, to record two RBI on the afternoon as well
Cat Tarvin was solid on the mound, going 3.1 innings, striking out four and surrendering just two earned runs in game one. Kensley Loudermilk picked up the win after she came in relief and gave up just two hits and struck out one. She moves to 3-2 on the year.
Leslie Hensley finished the game for the Blue Hose, threw 2.2 innings, struck out four and picked up her first save of the season.
Hensley started the second game and went the distance for the win to go to 3-5 on the year. She scattered five hits and struck out two.
Cember Carmichael led North Carolina Central after collecting four hits in seven at-bats, including a double in each game. Recording RBI for the Eagles were Amanda Bullock and Martha Batie, each with one on the day.
Bianka Molina took the loss in game one, while Aurora Baker picked up the loss in the second game.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead after three and a half innings of the first game but surrendered three hits in the bottom of the fourth as Tarvin and Hopper opened with back-to back hits. Hayley Bonner, who pinch ran for Hopper, came home off Tarvin's double, while Tarvin crossed home plate off Taylor's home run to make it a 4-2 game in favor of PC.
Tarvin plated again in the fifth after advancing to first on a walk, stealing the next two bases and coming home off a RBI single by Hopper to make it 5-2.
PC scored a run in each of the first two innings to lead 2-0 early in the second game. After Jill McLean led off the game with a single, she made it to third off a wild pitch and a stolen base and scored when Tera Powell laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt for the RBI.
Hopper scored in the second after reaching on an error by the right fielder and advancing to second off a walk by the next better. An error by the short stop enabled Hopper to move to third. She came home when Tricia Hood hit to the short stop, who instead of throwing to first, made the attempt at home and couldn't get the out.
In the third inning, Hensley opened with a single through the left side. She came home when Durham hit her home run over the left field wall to make it a 4-0 game.
The Blue Hose are on the road next at East Tennessee State Saturday, March 17. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 12:00pm.
Texas State 8, Liberty 0
The Liberty softball team faced defending Southland Conference champion Texas State on Tuesday, and fell by an 8-0 score in six innings during game one of the doubleheader.
The Bobcats advance to 13-10 on the season, winning their fourth in a row, while the Lady Flames (6-8) sustained their fourth consecutive defeat.
Katie Zavodny recorded two out of Liberty's three hits on the afternoon, and also stole a base. Kelby Allen hit a double in the fourth inning, and Amber Donovan was hit by a pitch to account for Liberty's base runners. Chandler Ball (3-3) allowed three runs on five hits in four and two-thirds innings pitched and took the loss.
Three Texas State batters had two hits apiece, while Haley Lemons doubled and drove in three runs. Selena and Anna Hernandez both posted two hits and two runs. Anne Marie Taylor is 7-4 after tossing a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
The Bobcats scored one run in the bottom of the first inning. Selena Hernadez drew a leadoff walk and stole second. After a bunt base hit by Baker, Anna Hernandez grounded into a double play, scoring the runner from third for a 1-0 Texas State lead.
After a three-batter Liberty second inning, the Bobcats received a pair of baserunners with two outs. Ball got Masek to foul out to Strickland, ending the second frame.
Taylor allowed one Liberty batter to reach base over the first three innings, hitting Donovan with a pitch in the first stanza.
Selena Hernandez led off the third inning by singling to center, but was tagged out on a stolen base attempt. The remaining Bobcats went in order, and the 1-0 score stood going into the fourth.
Zavodny recorded a bunt single as the first batter in the fourth inning. She got thrown out trying to steal second. Allen then sent a two-out double into the right field corner. A groundout to short provided the final out, keeping the total at 1-0.
With runners on second and third and one out in the Texas State half of the fourth, Allison Snow singled to right to drive in Brooke Keel for the Bobcats' second run. Texas State stranded two runners, as two pop outs to Shivock closed the inning.
Texas State rallied with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, adding an insurance run. Brooke Baker walked, and then Anna Hernandez singled. Lemons plated Baker with an RBI double. DiMartino then came on in relief of Ball, and Shivock made a leaping catch to secure the third out.
Liberty got a base hit a stolen base from Zavodny during the sixth inning. Taylor then closed the inning with her 10th strikeout of the afternoon. The Bobcats ended the game in the bottom of the frame, scoring five runs on four two-out base hits to seal the 8-0 victory.
Texas State 2, Liberty 0
Texas State used a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to provide the winning margin in a 2-0 win over visiting Liberty in today's nightcap at Bobcat Field.
The Lady Flames have lost five contests in a row, and are now 6-9, while the Bobcats won their fifth straight game to improve to 14-10 on the campaign.
Three-time NFCA All-Region player Chandler Hall (7-5) pitched a one-hit shutout, allowing two baserunners while striking out seven Lady Flames in seven innings pitched. The Bobcats received RBI base hits from Brooke Baker and Shelby Carnline.
For Liberty, Alyssa DiMartino and the Lady Flames defense held the Bobcats to two runs on eight hits. Bridgett Woods singled in the third inning, and Amber Donovan walked during the seventh inning to account for Liberty's baserunners.
Hall retired the first eight batters she faced, striking out five Lady Flames during the opening three innings.
The Bobcats threatened in the bottom of the second inning, putting runners on second and third with one out. A couple of solid defensive plays by Kelly Strickland kept the game scoreless.
Woods singled on a swinging bunt after two outs in the third inning, giving Liberty its first runner. Sammi Shivock grounded out to second base as the last out during the top of the third.
A 1-2-3 third inning by Texas State extended DiMartino's streak to five consecutive batters retired.
The Lady Flames went in order during their fourth time at bat. Texas State then staged a two-out rally, loading the bases on a single a walk and a catcher's interference. Megan Parten hit into a fielder's choice, continuing the 0-0 ledger into the fifth inning.
The Bobcats registered back-to-back hits with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but Strickland threw out Jordan Masek on a grounder for the third out.
After Woods' third-inning single, Hall set down the next 11 Lady Flames, spanning the third through seventh innings.
Allison Snow stroked a double off of the right field wall during the Bobcat sixth. Katie Zavodny made a diving catch on a sinking liner by Brooke Keel for the second out. Canline doubled to right center, sending Snow home with the game's first run. Baker sent an RBI single to short, giving Texas State a 2-0 lead after six innings.
Donovan drew a one-out walk in the Liberty seventh, and Hall got Kelby Allen to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the contest.
The Lady Flames continue their stay in Texas, heading to Huntsville tomorrow to take on Sam Houston State. Game time is set for 3:00pm Eastern Time, for the single game.