GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro softball (29-21, 11-5) split a doubleheader to ETSU (20-24-2, 6-10) with a 2-0 win and 5-4 loss Friday afternoon at UNCG Softball Stadium. With the one win, the Spartans will be no lower than the No. 2 seed for next week’s Southern Conference Tournament.
The Spartans scored the first game’s lone two runs in the fifth inning. With one out, Marisa Sholtes and Stephanie Bryden both singled to centerfield. After Gabi Howard loaded the bases with a walk, Makenna Matthijs and Kamryn Graves hit consecutive RBI-singles to left field.
UNCG had the game-tying run at third base with one out in the seventh inning of the following game. Delaney Cumbie led off with a single to left field, went to second base on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a ground out by Sholtes. On a groundball to the shortstop, Cumbie was tagged out at the plate. Gabi Howard then hit a single up the middle, but a ground out to the pitcher ended the game.
The Spartans had cut a three-run deficit to one with two runs in the fifth inning. Monica Pepe led off with a double to left center, and Sholtes walked with one out. Howard knocked in both baserunners with a double down the left field line.
UNCG scored the first two runs of the game with consecutive homers in its first trip to the plate by Cumbie and Sholtes. It was Cumbie’s sixth and Sholtes’ 14th of the year.
The Bucs got on the board with a leadoff homer to centerfield in the second inning and tied it up the next inning when the ball bounced off the base stealer’s leg into the outfield, giving the runner plenty of time to score. The lead was taken in the fourth inning on a pair of RBI-singles up the middle followed by another run off a fielding error.
The rubber match between the two teams will be Saturday at 2 p.m. As part of Senior Day, UNCG’s two seniors Bryden and Sholtes will be honored before the game.
News and Notes
- Bryden (21-10) threw a four-hit shutout, her sixth shutout of the year, with nine strikeouts and no walks.
- Bryden recorded her 50th career victory, becoming the fifth Spartan to reach the milestone.
- Bryden moved ahead of Amber Harrell (2010-214) for the second-most strikeouts in a season with 215.
- With her 21st victory, Bryden tied Winn Hazlegrove (1994) and Erin Chandler (1996) for the sixth-most wins in a single-season.
- Sholtes tied Katelyn Bedwell for the third-most career homers at 40 and Karyn Thompson (1995) for the fifth-most homers in a single season at 14.
- Recording a pair of walks in both games, Howard tied Sholtes (2018), Judy Baker (1997) and Kelly Allen (2005) for the fifth-most walks in a single year.
- Kylie Bouplon threw her 11th complete game, allowing four earned runs, seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
- Sholtes and Cumbie both went 3-7 on the day with a homer and walk.
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