GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro softball (19-12, 3-2 Southern Conference) head coach Janelle Breneman passed Melody Cope (1992-97) to became the school's all-time leader in coaching wins with 221 as the Spartans defeated the Chattanooga Mocs (23-10, 2-3) twice 2-0 and 3-2 Saturday at Jim Frost Stadium. Stephanie Bryden (13-6) and Kylie Bouplon (5-4) both threw complete games, and Kayleigh Willis knocked in four of the Spartans' five runs on the day.
Congratulations to our 7th-year head coach @coachbreneman for becoming our all-time leader in wins in program history with 221!!! She passed Melody Cope (1992-97) who led us to much success in the Big South before we joined the @SoConSports #letsgoG pic.twitter.com/hW6pRw4Pdb— UNCG Softball (@UNCGSoftball) March 30, 2019
In the series-opener, the Spartans scored the game's first run in the fifth inning. With two outs, Delaney Cumbie, Gabi Howard and Bryden all drew walks. Willis brought home Cumbie with an RBI-single that went just far enough up the middle.
Katie Stettler doubled UNCG's lead with a leadoff homer to centerfield the next inning on the first pitch she saw, her third of the year.
Chattanooga scored the second game's 1st run in their first trip to the plate on a two-out RBI-single through the right side.
UNCG took the lead in the fourth inning. Marisa Sholtes hit a one-out single up the middle, and Willis hit a bomb that cleared the bleachers just inside the right field foul pole for her second homer of the season.
After the Mocs tied the game up in the fifth inning on a run scored by a passed ball on a strikeout, Willis gave the Spartans the lead again on a two-out RBI single to left field. Cumbie scored from third base after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing twice on ground outs.
The Spartans go for the sweep of the Mocs Sunday at 2 p.m.
News and Notes
- Bryden threw her 11th complete game and fourth shutout of the year and allowed three hits and no walks with six strikeouts on 81 pitches. She retired the last 13 batters faced.
- Bouplon pitched her sixth complete game of the year and gave up one earned run, eight hits and no walks with five strikeouts.
- Willis finished the day 4-7 at the plate.
- Stettler was the only other Spartan with more than one hit.
- Howard went 1-1 with three walks in the first game, and the Spartans had eight walks in the game.
- Cumbie drew four walks in the two games.