GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro softball (7-5) won both of its games in the first day of the UNCG Invitational, beating Iona (0-2) 3-2 and Northern Kentucky (1-5) 5-2 at UNCG Softball Stadium Sunday. Hannah Stiltner (1-1) and Kylie Bouplon (1-1) both threw complete games to earn their first wins of the season.
Makenna Matthijs led off in the bottom of the first inning in UNCG’s first game of the day against Northern Kentucky with her first homer of the season to left center. Gabi Howard led off the fourth inning with her 3rd home run of the year to left center.
The Spartans’ other three runs came in the fifth inning. After Delaney Cumbie drew a leadoff walk, a pinch-running Kamryn Graves scored from first base on an RBI-double to right center by Katie Stettler. With two outs Jordan Gontram hit her third homer of the year to left center.
UNCG had to come back against Iona for the victory as the Gaels got on the scoreboard first with a leadoff homer in the second inning followed by a run on a wild pitch.
With just two hits through four innings for the Spartans, Cumbie began the fifth with a single through the left side and was followed by a game-tying homer to right field by Marisa Sholtes, her second of the season.
The Spartans won the game on a walk-off courtesy of defensive miscues by the Gaels. With Stettler on first base with one out, she was able to score after two-straight throwing errors.
The Spartans finish off the UNCG Invitational Monday with a doubleheader against Longwood scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
News and Notes
- Gontram hit her 25th career homer to tie Heather Robb (2013-16) for eighth place in career home in program history. Sholtes got her 28th and needs three more to tie Nicole Thomas (2011-14) for sixth place.
- Against the Norse, Stiltner allowed two runs, nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
- Bouplon gave up two runs, seven hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts, the second-most in a single game in her career (13 against Appalachian State on March 22, 2017).
- Jasmine Palmer, Gontram and Stettler all finished with two hits.
- Six of UNCG’s 11 hits were extra-base hits: four homers and two doubles.
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