Timely Hitting Leads Pride To Sweep Of Maryville
Courtesy of Wes Gullett, Greensboro College SID
Greensboro, N.C. – The Greensboro College softball team swept their second consecutive USA South Athletic Conference doubleheader Friday with two victories over Maryville College.
Greensboro shut out the Scots in Game 1, 3-0, before winning Game 2 in walk-off fashion, 6-5.
The Pride jumped out to an early two run lead in the first inning of Game 1.
After Hayley Rumley and Melissa Garcia led off the inning with back-to-back singles, Cassie Collins hit a 2 RBI double to right-center field.
Greensboro then scored the game’s final run in the second inning on a Madison Crisco solo homerun over the right-center field wall.
Crisco and Garcia each had a team-high two hits, while Rumley and Collins had one hit apiece. Maddy Wetherholt earned her second consecutive complete game victory and recorded two strikeouts.
The Pride continued to ride their momentum from Game 1 as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead through three innings in Game 2.
Kaylee Johnson recorded a sacrifice fly in the first inning before Crisco plated Rumley and Mandi Ballard in the second inning with a single down the left field line.
Greensboro then got RBI singles from Kali Puckett and Brittainy Rush in the third inning.
The Pride carried the five-run advantage into the sixth inning before the Scots rallied to tie the game heading into the bottom half of the seventh inning.
With the bases loaded and two out, Rush plated the game-winning run with a single to left field to secure the doubleheader sweep.
Brittany Nozet earned the victory after pitching one inning in relief of Hayley Tickle, who started and pitched six innings.
Ballard and Rush finished with a team-high three hits, while Rumley, Collins, Puckett, and Crisco combined for four hits.
The Pride softball team will return to action 1 p.m. Saturday when they host the Spirits of Salem College in another USA South Athletic Conference doubleheader. For more information on Greensboro College softball, continue to follow www.greensborocollegesports.com.