Softball Splits SoCon Doubleheader Against College of Charleston
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG softball team split a doubleheader against College of Charleston dropping game one 7-5, before winning game two 2-0 Saturday afternoon at the UNCG Softball Stadium.
UNCG improves to 35-17, 12-10 on the season while the Cougars are 33-18, 14-8 in the SoCon. The finale between the two teams has been moved up to noon due to inclement weather in the area. It will also be senior day as the Spartans will honor its three seniors before the contest.
College of Charleston 7, UNCG 5
In game one, the Cougars earned a comeback victory after scoring six runs in the sixth inning to defeat UNCG, 7-5, in game one.
Valerie Cassell (3-2) earned the win in relief after throwing six innings, allowing just two hits and one unearned run. The Spartans knocked around College of Charleston start Hope Klicker who only last one inning after allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits. Freshman Nicole Thomas (Irvine, Calif./Northwood) fell to 5-2 on the season after taking the loss in relief. Redshirt junior Raeanne Hanks (Rainier, Ore./Rainier Senior) started the game but only finished five innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits with six strikeouts.
Freshman Lindsay Thomas (Irvine, Calif./Northwood) finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored at the plate.
In the bottom of the first inning, UNCG plated four runs on four hits, including a two-run home run from junior Katelyn Bedwell (Surrey, B.C./Elgin Park) to lead 4-0 after one inning. With one out, Thomas hit a bullet off the right field wall for a single. Bedwell followed with her 11th home run of the season to make it 2-0 Spartans. With two outs, senior Eileen Horsmon (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) reached on an error and sophomore Tatiana Alcala (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) singled. Freshman Danielle Vega (Rialto, Calif./Aquinas) roped a two-run double off the left field wall to give UNCG a 4-0 advantage.
College of Charleston rallied to take a 6-4 lead after scoring six runs on four hits in the top of the sixth inning, including a go-ahead three-run home run from Kelsey Hodgson with two outs. The Cougars start the rally by loading the bases with no outs after a single, walk and a hit by pitch. Kristy Giragosian singled to first base to cut the lead to 6-1, while Carly Corthell singled up the middle to score two more runs. With two outs and the Spartans leading 4-3, Hodgson delivered the go-ahead home run.
In the top of the seventh, the Cougars added an insurance run after Corthell singled up the middle with two outs to pick up her third RBI of the game.
The Spartans tried to mount a comeback in the seventh inning after Thomas reached second base on a dropped fly ball to start the frame. After an out moved Thomas to third, senior Heather Robb (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek) earned an RBI sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 7-5. A fly out to left field ended the game and gave the Cougars the victory.
UNCG 2, College of Charleston 0
In game two, UNCG received a stellar pitching effort by sophomore Erica Navarette (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills) who threw a five-hit shutout to help the Spartans win game two, 2-0.
Navarette improved to 9-6 on the season, allowing only five hits with two strikeouts. Stephanie Saylors, the reigning SoCon pitcher of the month, hadn't lost a start in eight appearances fell to 14-7. Saylors allowed two earned runs on four hits.
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after an RBI single from Horsmon. Junior Aisha Figueroa (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) singled through the infield to start the inning. Thomas worked a walk, while Bedwell moved to the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Horsmon picked up her 25th RBI of the season to give UNCG the 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Thomas lined a solo home run to left field to give the Spartans a 2-0 advantage. With her 15th home run, Thomas now owns the school record for most home runs in a single-season, breaking a record set in 1995 by Karyn Thompson.
Navarette sealed the victory after throwing another scoreless inning in the seventh with a fly out to end the game.
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