Softball Earns Six Wins Sunday

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Winthrop 9, Alabama State 1
Winthrop 2, UNC Greensboro 0


Behind strong pitching and defense the Winthrop softball team defeated Alabama State 9-1 and UNC Greensboro 2-0 on the final day of the Buzz Classic to push its win streak to three games.

The Eagles have won their last three games and improved their record to 8-9 this weekend. The Alabama State dropped to 2-13 and the UNC Greensboro dropped to 5-11 on the year.

The Eagles bats came alive in their first game of the day against Alabama State. Megan Chapman started the game with a double to center field. Mckenzi Corn followed her with a bunt for a hit single that allowed to Chapman to score on the throw to first base. Kathryn Eberlin then reached on a fielder's choice and Corn advanced to third base. Eberlin stole second base and she and Corn were able to score on a double by Chelsey Schoenfeldt. With one out and Schoenfeldt on third base, sophomore Alex White hit her first collegiate home run over the left field fence to give the Eagles a five run lead going into the bottom of the first inning.

Schoenfeldt dominated the Hornets offense as she threw all five innings of the game and only gave up one run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
 
Schoenfeldt got more support from her offense in the top of the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth inning, the Eagles recorded two more runs off a second home run from White. In the fifth inning, with two outs and no one on base, sophomore Corn hit her first collegiate home run over the right field fence. Her home run would be the final run of the game.

The Eagles offense put runs on the scoreboard in four out of five innings in the game. They scored nine runs on 10 hits. White had two hits and four RBI, Corn had two hits and three RBI, Schoenfeldt had two hits and two RBI while Chapman had three hits and scored two runs.

The second game for the Eagles against UNC Greensboro was a battle but they got the hits and runs needed to win.  Both teams were scoreless until the fourth inning. Eberlin came to the plate with two outs and hit her second home run of the year over the center field fence to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles added another insurance run in the fifth inning. White started the inning with an infield single, her third hit of the day. She was replaced on the bases by Paige Hartfield. Hartfield advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kristy Noble. She scored the Eagles' second run of the game on a single up the middle from Kelly Blea.

Eagle pitcher Natalie Becker held the Spartans to just one hit in the game in the Eagles 2-0 shutout over the Spartans. She pitched seven innings, had six strikeouts and only issued one walk.

The Eagles look to continue their winning streak this weekend in their first home games of the season. Their first game of the Winthrop/adidas Invitational will be on Friday, March 9 at 12 pm vs. St. Johns. Winthrop will also face Bowling Green Friday at 2:00pm.

Coastal Carolina 8, Saint Peter's 0

The Coastal Carolina softball team wrapped up the Coastal Carolina Invitational with an 8-0 win in five innings over Saint Peter's on Sunday to improve to 13-4 on the season. Freshman pitcher Morgan Mastriania recorded the Chanticleers first no-hitter of the 2012 season, as she pitched five innings, striking out four and allowing just one walk in 17 batters faced. The lone walk for the Peahens came in the fifth inning.

Coastal didn't take long to build up a lead over the Peahens, as Kory Hayden was walked with the bases loaded, which allowed Sarah Maples to advance home. During the next at bat, Chelsea Pineda would advance Jazmin Daigle home on a single through the left side to make it a 2-0 game. Saint Peter's brought in Carolyn Griffin to pitch for Shelby Beaver. Kiana Quolas then hit a single up the middle that allowed Hayden and Brooke Donovan to score. The Chanticleers earned their fifth run of the inning on a double by Cacia Pierre that scored Pineda.

Coastal didn't allow a hit through the first four innings of play, as they made it a 6-0 game in the fourth inning following a double by Donovan down the right field line that allowed Maples to cross home plate.

Krystine Rice got into scoring position for the Peahens in the fifth inning after being walked and advancing to second on an error by Coastal, before making it to third on Michelle Tinajero's at bat. The Chanticleers picked up three outs before Rice was able to score.

During the bottom of the fifth inning, Daigle hit a double down the left field line to score Stacey Snellings to make it a 6-0 game. Two batters later, Hayden hit a single to center field that advanced Maples home to put the score at 8-0.

Maples finished the game with three hits and three runs in three at bats, while also being walked once. Quolas posted two hits and two RBI in the win, while Hayden completed the day with one hit and two RBI in two at bats, as she was walked once.

Mastriania is 2-1 on the mound this season for the Chanticleers, having pitched a total of 28.2 innings in nine appearances. She has a 1.75 ERA for Coastal.

Beaver recorded the loss for the Peahens after giving up five runs and two hits, while walking three in five batters faced.

The Chanticleers will return to action on Wednesday, March 7 at home in a double-header against the University of South Carolina.  The first pitch will be thrown at 3:00pm.

Presbyterian 3, UNC Wilmington 2
UNC Wilmington 6, Presbyterian 0


Mary Ellen Morris hit her first career home run to break open a 2-2 deadlock and help the Presbyterian College softball team to the 3-2 win in the second game of the doubleheader with UNC Wilmington this afternoon at the PC Softball Complex in Clinton, S.C.  The Seahawks earned a 6-0 win in the first game of the day.

PC improved to 3-8 overall, while UNCW dropped to 2-11.

After a scoreless first and second inning of game number two, the Seahawks struck in the third after Kelsey Eddinger, who reached off a fielder's choice and took second and third off a single by Laura Sykes, stole home to make it 1-0 in favor of UNCW.

The Blue Hose led off the bottom of the third with two straight singles.  The base-runners, Jill McLean and Cat Tarvin advanced to second and third after Erin Taylor hit a successful sacrifice bunt.  Rachel Hopper singled to bring in McLean and after Morgan Durham walked, Shelby Petik earned her second RBI of the season with a walk that brought in Tarvin to give PC the 2-1 lead.

The next two innings were quiet, until the top of the sixth when the Seahawks tied the game at two.  Olivia Poplin scored off a Katie Houmard single up the middle to make it a 2-2 game.

Morris pinch-hit for Padgett Harrington with one out in the sixth and made her one and only at-bat of the game count, sending a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield wall, to give the Blue Hose the 3-2 lead and eventual win.

Kensley Loudermelk threw 3.0 innings and gave up just one earned run for her second win of the season (2-1).  Amanda Davenport came in relief and pitched 3.2 innings for UNCW, giving up one run and striking out two for the loss (3-6)

In the first game, UNC Wilmington scored a run in the second, two in the fourth and three in the fifth, while holding the Blue Hose to just five hits, to take the 6-0 win.

Leslie Hensley went the distance for PC, surrendering four earned runs with seven strikeouts, for her fourth loss of the season.  Davenport threw a complete game for UNCW, and struck out eight to pick up the win.

PC is next in action Tuesday as the Blue Hose travel to Macon, Ga., to take on the Mercer Bears in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00pm.

#3/4 Florida 4, Campbell 0

Campbell's softball team (9-11) battled No. 3/4 Florida (19-1) tough, but fell by a 4-0 score on the third day of the Lipton Invitational. The Gators were able to score a run in the first, two in the third and one in the fifth in the victory.

Junior Brittany Arnn (4-5) took the loss for Campbell and allowed four runs in her six innings worked. The win was earned by Hannah Rogers (10-0). Rogers struck out eight and only allowed three hits in throwing the shutout.

The Camels' first inning started promising as junior Sarah Forgacs hit a double to short left field. A sacrifice bunt moved her to third with only one out, but Rogers retired the middle of the CU order on a strikeout and pop out to go unscathed.

Florida was able to squeak a run on the board in the first inning. Michelle Moultrie reached first on her two-out bunt single. She stole second and scored from second on Kelsey Horton's soft liner that hit off the CU third baseman.

Florida added two more runs to the lead in the third inning. Sami Fagan reached on an infield single. She took second on a bunt and third on a ground out. After Lauren Haeger was hit by a pitch both runners moved up a base and Sami Fagan scored on the wild pitch. Kelsey Horton then doubled in Haeger for the third run of the game.

The Gators put another run to the lead in the fifth inning on Moultrie's inside the park home run.

CU picked up the team's second hit of the game on Christina Melton's single to start the sixth inning. Freshman Kerstine Womack was inserted to run for Melton. She raced around the bases, but was thrown out at home after Forgacs doubled to the gap.

CU now returns home to take on Hampton in a doubleheader on March 7 starting at 3:00pm.

Eastern Michigan 5, Gardner-Webb 0

Gardner-Webb gave up two runs in both the bottom of the third and fourth innings and failed to push across a run, falling to Eastern Michigan 5-0 on Sunday morning at the UF Lipton Invitational.

GWU sophomore second-baseman Samantha Meenaghan led off the game with a single to second and then immediately moved up to second base on a sacrifice bunt by redshirt-junior Melinda Dulkowski.   However, the next two batters would ground out and strikeout to end the inning.

After the Eagles went three-up and three-down in the bottom of the first, followed by the Runnin' Bulldogs doing the same thing in the top of the second, Eastern Michigan got on the scoreboard first in the bottom half of the second as Amanda Herron blasted a two-run home run to put the Eagles on top 2-0 after two innings played.

Looking to get those runs back in the top of the third, GWU freshman Kellie Beres drew a one-out walk to put a runner on base for the Runnin' Bulldogs. Meenaghan then singled down the left field line to put runners on first and second with one out.  Yet like in the first inning, the next two batters would ground out to end the GWU threat.

Eastern Michigan took advantage of a second Gardner-Webb error in the bottom of the third to push across two unearned runs and put the Eagles in front at 4-0.

The Runnin' Bulldogs would not get another hit in the contest and would put just one more runner on base safely by way of a walk in the top of the sixth, as Eastern Michigan added another run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double en route to the 5-0 shutout win over GWU.

GWU's Alyssa Gutierrez (2-6) suffered the loss, as the sophomore was charged with five runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, three walks and one strikeout over six innings of play.

The Eagles' Jenna Ignowski (4-1) earned her second straight win over the Runnin' Bulldogs, as she held GWU scoreless on two hits over five innings of work.

Meenaghan was the lone Runnin' Bulldog to record a hit in the game, as the lead-off hitter was 2-3 with two singles.  Jordyn Arrowood and Beres each reached base safely with one walk apiece in the game.

For the Eagles, Herron was 1-3 with a home run and two RBI, while Allison Scherer was 1-2 with a double and two RBI.

 
Gardner-Webb 6, Tennessee State 4

Gardner-Webb scored two runs by way of a two-run home run by senior McKenzie Morenus in the top of the seventh to defeat the Tigers of Tennessee State 6-4 in the Runnin' Bulldogs final game at the 2012 UF Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

The Runnin' Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third, as GWU pushed across four runs on five hits in the inning to take a 4-0 lead.

Meenaghan started the offensive surge with a one-out bunt single, which was followed by a single to third base by Arrowood.  After a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, freshman third-baseman Savannah Burns singled to right field to plate both Meenaghan and Arrowood to put the Runnin' Bulldogs up 2-0.

Morenus then singled through the left side to keep the rally going, putting runners on first and second once more with only one out. After freshman Amanda Gomes grounded out to move the runners up to second and third with two outs, Morgan Baker singled to right center field to drive in two more runs and put the Runnin' Bulldogs up 4-0.

Tennessee State battled back to tie the score up by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by an RBI single by Brittany Davis, and two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single up the middle by Devin Amar, putting the score at 4-4 heading into the final inning of play.

In the top of the seventh, Meenaghan drew a base-on-balls to start the inning and then was pushed up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Arrowood.  After Burns fouled out to left field for the second out of the inning, Morenus hit a deep fly ball to center field which soared over the fence for a two-run home run, putting the Runnin' Bulldogs on top at 6-4.

The Tigers would not got down without a fight, as after the lead-off hitter flied out to center, Gutierrez singled to left field.  After another fly out, Jordan Rehl doubled to right center field to put runners on second and third with two outs. 

Gardner-Webb's Gutierrez got the next Tennessee State batter to fly out to right to end the game with the Runnin' Bulldogs on top 6-4.

Gutierrez (3-6) picked up the win in relief work, as she allowed two runs on four hits, two walks and one strikeout over the final three innings of the game.  Redshirt-senior Cindy Boomhower made the start, as she gave up two runs on four hits, one walk and three strikeouts over the first four innings.

The Tigers' Shea Morris (4-4) picked up the loss, as she gave up two runs, on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts over the final four innings of the contest.

Morenus led the way for Gardner-Webb offensively, as she was 2-3 with a two-run home run, while Baker was 1-3 with two RBI and Burns was 1-4 with two RBI.

For Tennessee State, Rehl was 3-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Amar was 1-3 with two RBI.

Gardner-Webb (8-12) will return to action next weekend, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will take part in the Winthrop/adidas Invitational hosted by Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.  GWU is scheduled to take on Albany at 4:00pm and UNC Wilmington at 6:00pm on Friday, March 9.

Radford 3, UCSB 0
Hawai'i 5, Radford 0


Radford Softball split on the final day of the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational taking the consolation game against UC Santa Barbara, 3-0. The Highlanders (6-6) fell to No. 22 Hawai'i 5-1 in the semifinal contest.
 
Against the Gauchos (7-15), Michalah Sacre and Jackie Jenkins combined on a three-hit shutout. Freshman Jackie Warr and senior Nichole Beall provided the offense with a two hits apiece, each hitting a solo home run.
 
Sacre went the first six, allowing just three hits with xx strikeouts and xx walks. Jenkins came in and retired the final three batters after entering with runners on first and second and no outs to earn her second save of the season and preserve the Highlanders' first shutout of 2012.
 
Radford opened the scoring in the third on a sac fly to left by Michelle Beall.
 
Solo home runs by Warr and Beall in the fourth and fifth innings extended Radford's lead to 3-0. Warr's was the first of her career and Beall's was a towering Cecil Fielder-like shot over the screen and batting cages in leftfield.

Beall scored a pair of runs for the Highlanders, while she and Warr each registered a stolen base.
 
In its first contest, Radford held No. 22 Hawai'i's powerful offense to just five hits, but a three-run first was too much as the Highlanders fell, 5-1 in the semifinals of the Bank of Aloha Invitational.

Freshman Emily Norton held the Rainbow Wahine (16-0) scoreless and hitless in the final three innings and Sacre provided the Highlanders with their only run with a solo long ball, her second of the season, in the sixth.

Norton struck out one and walked three, but only allowed one runner into scoring position in her outing.
 
In the decisive first, Hawai'i batted around and scored three runs, two on Jessica Iwata's single, on four hits in the bottom of the first. They would add two more in the third on a two-run double by Leisha Li'ili'i.
 
Sacre put Radford on the board with her second long ball of the season, a blast to left with one out in the sixth.
 
The Highlanders were held to three hits by Kaia Parnaby, as Nichole Beall and Warr singled and doubled, respectively.
 
Radford returns to action on Thursday against the Rainbow Wahine in its first game of the Pepsi Malahini Kipa Aloha Tournament.

Charleston Southern Game Canceled

Both games of Sunday's scheduled action in the Charleston Southern Tournament were postponed due to rain. Kansas had been slated to face UConn at noon, before the Bucs were to take the diamond for a meeting with the Huskies at 2:00pm.

CSU heads cross-country to continue a challenging non-Conference docket next weekend, when it travels to California for the Long Beach State Invitational. The Bucs begin play on Friday at 3 p.m. against Michigan State, and will play a second game that night at 7:00pm, versus Cal State Fullerton. Three more games are on tap Saturday and Sunday, including a date with 2010 national champion UCLA.