Rogers blast paces Hose
Blue Hose Power Way to 4-1 Win over Winthrop
Hope Rogers hit her team-leading 13th home run in the first inning, while Erin Ruff and Kelsie Sanchez added RBI singles in the fifth and sixth, to help the Presbyterian College softball team to the 4-1 win over Winthrop in Big South action Wednesday in Clinton.
With the win the Blue Hose take the series sweep, having earned the 2-0 and 3-2 victories in a doubleheader Mar. 23.
The Blue Hose improve to 22-22 overall and 8-10 in the Big South, while the Eagles drop to 14-25, 4-14.
PC hosts Longwood in a three-game series Saturday and Sunday. The two teams play a doubleheader at 1 p.m., Saturday, before playing a third on Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior day festivities will take place Saturday between the two contests.
Rogers put the Blue hose on the board early in the first with a solo shot to centerfield, her 13th of the season, to put the home team up by one. It was short-lived as the Eagles opened the second with a walk and followed it up two batters later with back to back singles, the second a RBI hit from Paige Haley to make it 1-1.
Hits were hard to come by for PC the next three innings, the lone one a double from Ruff, her first of two hits on the day.
Kersten Legacki led off the fifth with a walk, advancing to second and third off sacrifice bunts. She scored the eventual game-winner off the RBI single from Ruff. In the sixth, Rogers added her second hit of the game with a double to open the bottom of the frame. Megan Anderson advanced her over with a single, with her scoring the insurance run off Sanchez’s RBI single. Pinch-runner Haley Lawton scored the next at-bat off a wild pitch to give PC the 4-1 final at the end.
Sydney Seigler was strong for PC, keeping the Eagles to just two hits the final five innings, retiring the side in order in three of them. She moved to 10-11 on the year, giving up four total hits and one earned run, with four strikeouts.
Kiley Majette went 5.0 innings for Winthrop, dropping to 7-14, after surrendering six hits and four earned runs, while striking out five.
PC ended the game with six hits, Winthrop with four. Ruff and Rogers each recorded two hits apiece, while it was Haley leading the Eagles with two.