RU Tops LU, CSU Sweeps Doubleheader & CCU Splits Games
Radford 6, Liberty 3
Freshman Jackie Warr recorded three hits and Radford Softball used a four-run sixth to open up Big South play with a 6-3 victory at defending champion Liberty, Wednesday afternoon from Liberty Softball Field.
Warr got things rolling for Radford in the sixth with a double to the gap in left center. She would score the game-tying run on a sac fly by senior Hannah Oieda. The Highlanders (13-8, 1-0 Big South) took the lead for good with two outs on a two-run error by the shortstop. Sophomore Jessie Hutchens capped off the frame with a RBI double to right center.
Warr finished a season-best 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases. Hutchens also registered two of Radford's season-high 10 hits. Junior Jackie Jenkins earned the complete game win. She scattered seven hits and did not walk or strike out a batter to improve to 5-2.
After stranding five runners in the second and third innings, Radford found paydirt with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to grab a 2-0 lead.
Warr produced the first run of the game in the fourth. She led off with a single, stole second and third on back-to-back pitches then scooted home when the throw was misplayed by the third baseman.
In the fifth, senior Nichole Beall led off with a double to the fence in right and freshman Micalah Sacre followed with liner off the third baseman's glove for a RBI single and two-run advantage.
A leadoff home run by Kaylee West and a two-run, two out long ball by Meredith Crisante gave the Lady Flames (6-13, 0-1) a brief 3-2 lead after five complete.
Radford didn't let the lead last for long as it put up the four-spot, which included four hits and was aided by the two-out error.
Liberty tried to put a two-out rally together in the seventh, but Radford's defense ended it catching the runner at third in a rundown to end the contest.
The Highlanders will make a quick turnaround hosting Appalachian State tomorrow in a single game at 4:00pm.
Liberty plays Gardner-Webb on March 24 in a doubleheader slated for 1:00pm.
Charleston Southern 3, Savannah State 2
Charleston Southern 4, Savannah State 2
Megan Lombard homered for the second time in as many games to move past teammate Jana Matthews for the Charleston Southern career lead, and finished 4-for-5 with 2 RBI and a pair of runs scored overall, as the Bucs swept Savannah State in a doubleheader at Buccaneer Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Lombard powered her 2nd home run of the season and 22nd of her career to help CSU (15-13) to a 3-2 win in game one, and then added two more base knocks in the back end of the twin bill to help freshman Spencer Adkinson to her first career win.
Matthews notched a pair of multi-hit contests as well, while Jessica Brock chipped in with a 2-for-3 outing in the game two victory.
A two-out rally gave Savannah State (11-16) a 1-0 lead against CSU started Jennifer Giles (3-6) in the top of the first. Amber Hallman stroked a single to start the charge, and came around to score two batters later when Chelsea Parrish smacked a RBI single into left field.
CSU came back to knot the score at 1 apiece in the bottom of the second courtesy of its own two-out rally. Melissa Adams worked a walk, advanced into scoring position on a passed ball, and came plateward when Lombard scalded a run-scoring single past the diving grasp of SSU shortstop Shamyra Adams.
Savannah State regained the advantage on a RBI single by Madison Hedderly in the third, but was shut down for the rest of the way by Giles and Morgan Dowdy.
Giles worked in and out of trouble over her 6.0 innings of work, yielding the two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out five.
Lombard continued her see-saw battle with Matthews atop the CSU home run chart in the fifth, as she belted a towering drive over the left-center field wall to square the tally at 2-2.
Lombard played a role again an inning later as the Bucs pulled through with the decisive tally, drawing a free pass to push Melanie Stickney to third and Ari Tedesco on to second. Hayes Holdsworth was next, and was walked as well to register a game-winning RBI.
Dowdy made sure that would stand up in the top of the seventh, as she retired the Lady Tigers 1-2-3 to record her first save of the year.
Adkinson (1-0) made the most of her second career start from the get-go in the nightcap of the double dip. The freshman right-hander struck out the side in the first, and fanned five batters over the opening two frames.
SSU's Madison Hedderly was just as good in the early going as well, matching Adkinson zero-for-zero over the first three innings before both sides got on the scoreboard in the fourth.
The Lady Tigers struck for a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth, as Hallman doubled and Paolini singled in front of Chelsea Parrish, who slugged a two-run double inside the third base bag and down the left field line.
Keyed by Matthews, the Bucs answered back immediately to slice their deficit in half in the last of the fourth. Matthews drilled an opposite field double leading off, and touched the plate three batters later when Kristin Kelleher found the left-center field gap with a two-out RBI double.
Lombard re-assumed the starring role in the fifth, as she hammered a double to center field to begin another two-out rally. Brock then followed with a single through the originator to even the game at 2-2. Matthews delivered another ringing double to right field to advance Brock to third base, and the junior then came the final 60 feet home when SSU catcher Parrish made an errant pickoff throw which sailed down the left field line.
Yet another two-out marker provided insurance for Adkinson in the bottom of the sixth. Stickney kept the inning alive with an infield single, and eventually scored when Holdsworth rapped a RBI double to provide the final 4-2 outcome.
Adkinson was terrific in authoring her first career complete game, scattering six hits and a walk while punching out seven.
CSU embarks on Big South Conference play this weekend when it travels upstate to Rock Hill for a three-game series with Winthrop. The Bucs and Eagles will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday at 2:00pm, before meeting for the final game of the set at 3:00pm Sunday. Game one of Saturday's doubleheader will be televised worldwide on ESPN3.com, with Matt Hogue and Nate Ross on the call.
College of Charleston 5, Coastal Carolina 0
Coastal Carolina 2, College of Charleston 1
The Coastal Carolina softball team came back from dropping game one against the College of Charleston to take game two 2-0 in extra innings on Wednesday. The Chants are 23-9 after splitting the series against the Cougars.
Coastal struggled during the first inning, as they went three and out offensively, before giving up two runs in the bottom of the inning.
College of Charleston went ahead 3-0 in the second inning after Ashton Jarrett crossed home plate during Lizzy Vaugh's at bat.
The Cougars built up a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Chloe Fletcher and Jarrett scored on a double by Vaughn.
Chelsea Pineda got the Chanticleers first on-base, as she was walked during the top of the sixth inning. Kelsey McNaughton who was pinch running for the Chants advanced to second when Jessie Winans was walked during the next at bat. Brooke Donovan then reached first on an error by the Cougars, but McNaughton was out at third base for the second out. College of Charleston picked up the third out during Jazmin Daigle's at bat.
Heading into the seventh inning Sarah Maples earned the Chanticleers first hit of the game, hitting the ball into right center field. College of Charleston picked up three outs during the next three at bats to take the game 5-0.
Kiana Quolas earned the loss in the circle for the Chanticleers after pitching six innings, striking out two, walking one and allowing 12 hits in 31 batters faced.
Stephanie Saylors pitched a complete game for the Cougars, striking out 10, walking two and allowing one hit in 24 batters faced.
During the second game, Maples recorded her second hit of the day, as she made it to first on a single up the middle with two outs. Kory Hayden lined out during the Chanticleers next at bat to take it to the bottom of the inning where Coastal Carolina did not allow a hit.
The Cougars posted its first hit of the game in the bottom of the second inning when Allison Pedigo doubled to right center field with two outs. College of Charleston was unable to connect during the next at bat, as Ashley Bagwell struck out Mackenzie Maples.
Sara Rasley earned a single up the middle in the top of the third. Brooke Donovan reached first on a fielder's choice, as Rasley was out at second for the second out for Coastal in the inning. College of Charleston was able to pick up the third out before Coastal was able to get another player on base.
Hayden posted her ninth home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning, knocking the ball out of left field to put Coastal ahead 1-0. Hayden is a home run shy of tying Carla Hood, Sherry Johnson and Holly Lee for ninth in home runs on the Coastal Carolina single season records list.
Coastal held the Cougars to just one hit over the next two and a half innings to hold onto the 1-0 lead.
College of Charleston held the Chanticleers hitless in the top of the seventh inning, as they tied the game during the bottom of the inning, as Chloe Fletcher advanced home on a single up the middle by Maples.
The game moved into extra innings and both teams went three and out during the eighth inning.
Daigle hit a double to left center field and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Maples in the top of the ninth. During the Chanticleers third at bat Daigle advanced home, as Hayden flied out to right field.
Kelsey Hodgson reached base on a walk in the bottom of the ninth. Amanda Lonergan bunted during the next at bat and Katie O'Brien, who was pinch running for Hodgson, was out at second. College of Charleston bunted again during the next at bat and the Chanticleers picked up the second out getting Kristy Giragosian out at first. Coastal picked up the win after Allison Pedigo grounded out to the short stop.
Hayden finished the game with one hit, two RBI and one run in three at bats. Rasley posted two hits in three at bats and Daigle posted one hit and one run in four at bats. Chelsea Pineda tallied 10 put outs.
Ashley Bagwell earned the win for Coastal in the circle after pitching 10.0 innings, in which she struck out 10, walked two and allowed four hits in 33 batters faced.
Hope Klicker pitched nine innings, striking out three, not allowing a walk and giving up six hits.
The Chanticleers return to action this weekend when they start Big South Conference play on Saturday, March 24 against Presbyterian in a double-header in Clinton, S.C. The first game is set for 1:00pm.
Furman 3, Presbyterian 1
Furman 4, Presbyterian 3
Furman rallied in the second game to erase a 3-1 Presbyterian College softball lead and take the eventual 4-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader this afternoon at Pepsi Stadium in Greenville, S.C. The Blue Hose dropped the first game, 3-1.
PC fell to 8-15 overall while Furman improved to 10-17.
After two quiet innings of game one, the Paladins put a couple of runs on the board in the bottom of the third. Nikki Legg scored the first run off a RBI triple by Taylor Jenkins and Jenkins herself came home the next at-bat off a PC error.
Furman scored again in the sixth after Jessie Homesley, who drew a walk to reach first and advanced to second and third off another PC error, came home off a Natalie Clemmons RBI ground out to second base to make it 3-0 in favor of the Paladins.
PC cut the lead to two in the top of the seventh when Morgan Durham walked to first and advance to second on a wild pitch. She scored the next at-bat as Rachel Hopper hit a RBI single down the left field line. That would be as close as the Blue Hose would get as the next two batters struck out and the third out came off a pop up to shortstop to end the game with Furman winning 3-1.
Hopper led the Blue Hose offensive effort, going one-for-three with one RBI. Leslie Hensley went to 5-8 on the year after pitching 6.0 innings and giving up three unearned runs off three hits. She struck out six and walked just one in the losing effort.
Furman's Legg led off the bottom of the first inning in the second game with a double to right field and scored two batters later when Homesley hit a RBI single through the left side, as the Paladins took an early 1-0 lead.
Hopper singled up the middle to open the second inning, with Durham reaching next on a fielder's choice that saw no one get out. Erin Taylor followed with a two-RBI double to left center to give the Blue Hose the 2-1 lead.
PC added another run in the second after Taylor scored off a Furman error, one of two in the inning, to lead 3-1 after two-and-a-half.
The Paladins cut the margin to one, 3-2, the bottom of the second when Sarah Eidt singled in Clemmons, who began the inning with a single up the middle.
After Homesley reached on a PC error in the third, she advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Clemmons singled to right field to tie the game, 3-3.
Furman took the 4-3 lead in the fifth when Homesley hit a sacrifice fly to right field, driving in Legg who singled to right to reach first, advanced to second on a passed ball and took third off a Jenkins' sacrifice bunt.
PC put runners on first and second with one out in the top of the seventh and threatened to at least tie the game, but the Blue Hose couldn't bring them home, striking out and grounding out to end the inning and take the 4-3 loss.
Taylor paced the Blue Hose with a one-for-three effort with two RBI off the home run. Kensley Loudermilk came in relief and pitched 3.0 innings with three strikeouts and no walks. She scattered three hits and surrendered one earned run to pick up the loss to go to 3-3 on the year.
PC begins Big South conference play with a three-game series against Coastal Carolina at the PC Softball Complex Mar. 24-25. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1:00pm, while Sunday's single game is at 1:00pm.
The series against the Chanticleers will be streamed live over the internet, weather permitting, at www.BigSouthSports.com as part of the Big South Network sponsored by State Farm. Fans can sign up and watch for a nominal fee.