Greensboro College Athletics Update with Wes Gullett:Basketball/Softball and Baseball on the front-burner at “Pride Sports Central”

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USA South Announces Pairings For Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournaments

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro College’s men’s basketball team will be the third seed and the women’s team will be the fifth seed in the upcoming USA South Athletic Conference basketball tournaments, the conference announced Sunday.

The women will square off with the fourth-seeded Panthers of LaGrange College in the first-round at 5 p.m. Thursday on the campus of Maryville College.

The Pride men will face the sixth-seeded Lions of Piedmont College on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College, also at 1 p.m. Thursday.

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Women’s Basketball Drops Regular Season Finale To Methodist

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Greensboro College women’s basketball team dropped its regular season finale Sunday to Methodist University, 84-75.

Greensboro (14-10, 10-5 USA South) took its lone lead of the contest at 4-2, following a basket by Kamerin Williams, before the Monarchs (14-9, 9-6 USA South) closed out the first period on a 14-4 run.

Methodist extended its lead to double digits before Greensboro pulled to within 39-33 at halftime, following an 8-0 run. Alexis Hite and Bryanna Stanton each tallied three points during the span, while Williams accounted for the other two.

The Monarchs extended their lead to 71-57 in the fourth period, but the Pride used a 13-3 run to pull within 74-68 with six minutes left in the game.. Courtney Pearsall started the run with her second basket before William capped it off.

However, the Pride was not able to get any closer, falling by nine.

“I am disappointed that the last game of the regular season was played the way it was,” Head Coach Randy Tuggle said. “The good thing is we still have a chance to play in the conference tournament and try to make a run at another championship.”

Williams recorded a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds, while Monica Smalls and Alyssa Carbone each added 12 points. Marla Crawford dished out a team-high six assists.

The Pride, who enter the conference tournament as the No. 5 seed, will begin their title defense at 5 p.m. Thursday when they take on the fourth-seeded Panthers of LaGrange College. The tournament will be played on the campus of Maryville College.

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Softball Splits With Roanoke College

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maddy Wetherholt pitched her first career shutout as the Pride softball team split a double-header with Roanoke College Sunday.

The Pride (2-2) fell in the first contest, 11-4, before taking Game 2, 1-0.

The Maroons (1-1) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first game before the Pride tied it in the bottom of the first. Sarah Connolly and Madison Crisco each singled with two outs before coming around to score on a double by Allyson Yeager.

Roanoke regained the lead at 5-4 before Greensboro plated its final two runs of the game in the third inning. Kali Puckett reached on a Maroons error to start the inning before coming home on a Brittany Rush triple to right field. Two batters later, Yeager hit her second extra-base hit to score Rush from third.

The Maroons then scored six unanswered runs to win the game.

The Pride recorded seven hits in the game. Rush and Yeager each recorded two hits, while Crisco, Connolly, and Nicole Wallace each had one hit. Dawn Harris (0-1) started before giving way to Wetherholt.

In the second game, the Pride scored the game’s lone run in the third inning when Alexis Hall stole home on a double steal.

Mandi Ballard, Rush, and Connolly accounted for Greensboro’s three hits. Wetherholt, who went the distance, recorded four strikeouts while issuing only two walks.

“The team did a great job responding back from the first game,” Head Coach Becky Bishop said. “Maddy [Wetherholt] came in and pitched an outstanding game for us, while also playing strong defense.”

The Pride will return to action at 2 p.m. Wednesday when they travel to Guilford College for a double-header. For more information on Greensboro College softball, continue to follow

Baseball Suffers Defeat Against Wesley

FARMVILLE, Va. – The Greensboro College baseball team fell to Wesley College 7-4 Sunday in its final game of the Floyd Wilcox Tournament, hosted by Hampden-Sydney College.

The Wolves (2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Greensboro (3-7) responded to take a 3-1 lead in the second inning. James Wilkins plated Matthew Denham, before Mac Graham hit his first homerun of the season to score Wilkins.

Wesley then moved ahead 4-3, following a three-run fourth inning, before the Pride tied the game in the sixth inning. Denham led off the inning with a single before advancing into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by J.P Lisk. Wilkins’s second hit of the afternoon tied the game.

However, Wesley scored three runs over the final three innings to pick up the win.

“Even though today’s outcome was not what we would like, there were many positives that we can take from the game and the entire weekend,” Head Coach Frank Maldonado said. “We can see the improvement that the team is making as they continue to compete and work together. That is all that we can ask for.”

Daniel Efird also recorded two hits on the afternoon, while Zach Neumeister tallied one base hit. Jeff Waring pitched 4 1/3 innings before giving way to Hunter Wolfington, who recorded the loss. Aaron Brown and Will McGuire also pitched in the contest.

The Pride will return to action at 4 p.m. Wednesday when they host Southern Virginia University. For more information on Greensboro College baseball, continue to follow