Stayin' Alive, the season end
Update: Last night's game was postponed by rain - Blue Hose lost to Longwood today.
ROCK HILL – A pair of two-RBI doubles by Longwood in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings was enough for the Lancers to take the eventual 4-0 win over the Presbyterian College softball team in an elimination game of the Big South Tournament presented by Musco Sports Lighting.
PC ends its season at 25-28 overall while Longwood improves to 35-18 and faces Coastal Carolina Friday at 4:30 p.m.
A pitching game early in the contest, PC collected just two hits in the first four innings, those coming from Hope Rogers and Blaire Miller. Katie Brown was solid early, keeping the Lancers hitless the first nine outs.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Karleigh Donovan broke the no-hitter with a double to right center. The next batter walked, with Kelsey Sweeney bringing both runners home with a double to right to give Longwood the 2-0 lead.
Sydney Gay continued to control the circle for the Lancers, striking out her eighth and ninth batters of the game in the top of the fifth.
Longwood added two more in the fifth off a two-RBI double by Kaylynn Batten to go up 4-0. Runners were on base off a hit by pitch on Justina Augustine and a single from Krista Kelly.
PC got runners on first and second in the sixth after Jenna Harris was hit by a pitch and Megan Anderson recorded a single to right. They wouldn’t get any farther as the next two batters struck out and flied out.
The Blue Hose threatened again in the seventh after Jordan Ashley picked up a one-out walk and Madison Longanecker got on off an error. PC lined to the shortstop the next at-bat, with the shortstop tagging second for the game-ending double-play.
Katie Brown went 4.2 innings, giving up four runs off four hits, for her 13 loss of the season. Gay took the win (16-6), striking out 10 and surrendering just three hits in the shutout
PC finished with three hits, coming from Rogers, Anderson, and Miller. Longwood posted four hits and was led by Sweeney and Batten with one hit and two RBI each.
Previous: The Presbyterian College softball team scored six runs in the third inning, which included a grand slam by Hope Rogers, to take the 8-5 win over Charleston Southern in an elimination game of the Big South Tournament presented by Musco Sports Lighting, being held in Rock Hill, on the Winthrop University campus.
CSU ends its season at 22-34 overall while PC improves to 25-27 and faces either Campbell or Longwood TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m.
The Bucs wasted no time in getting on the board, opening the first with a single by Amanda Matsumoto. Jade Gandara brought her home with her sixth home run of the season to make it 2-0 CSU. PC responded in the bottom of the first with a solo home run by Erin Ruff, her sixth, the cut the lead to 2-1. Kelsie Sanchezrecorded her 44th hit of the season with an infield single, but a fielder’s choice the next at-bat stopped the Blue Hose from cutting the margin even further.
PC loaded the bases in the bottom of the second off a single from Blaire Miller, a walk by Ruff and a Jenna Harris single. Rogers came through with an infield single to bring home Ashley and tied the game at 2-2.
The Bucs answered in the top of the third with a lead-off double by Gandara and then a RBI single from Caitlyn Emberson that landed just in the outfield to give CSU back the lead, 3-2. PC ended the inning on a nice throw from Ashley to Rogers to catch pinch runner Chelsea Frankeny trying to steal.
With one out in the bottom of the third, PC collected a single from Kersten Legacki, as well as walks from Miller and Ashley. Madison Longaneckergrounded out to the shortstop but still got the RBI as Legacki scored to tie the game at 3-3.
Ruff drew PC’s third walk of the inning, with Harris recording the fourth to bring in Miller. Rogers stepped up the plate and cleared the bases with her 14th home run, this one a grand slam over the left field wall to propel PC up 8-3.
Both teams settled down as the next three innings were scoreless with the Bucs and Blue Hose scattering hits but unable to bring any more across.
With one out in the seventh Gandara hit a two-run home run, her second of the game, to cut CSU’s deficit to three, 8-5. CSU would get two runners on base with two outs but a fly out to center ended the potential rally and the game with the Blue Hose on top by three.
Sydney Seigler pitched a complete game for the win (12-13). She surrendered five runs off 10 hits with two strikeouts. Hayley Elkins went 2.2 innings for the loss for CSU (11-25). She gave up six runs off six hits.
Following Rogers and her two hits and five RBI were Sanchez and Legacki with two hits apiece. Ruff and Harris posted a hit and RBI, while Longanecker added a RBI . The Blue Hose finished with nine hits and one error.
CSU was led by Gandara who went four-for-four with four RBI, including two doubles and two home runs.