Central, S.C. - The Warriors fell in both games against the Coker Cobras on Saturday afternoon with final scores of 9-2 and 7-2.
In game one, the Warriors posted six hits nd two runs in the loss. Kelly Cooper led the Warriors with two hits. Sara Sweatt had two stolen bases and set a new Southern Wesleyan University record for stolen bases. Starting pitcher Lucy Wolff had one strike out, allowed 12 hits and eight runs.
In game two, the Warriors posted nine hits and two runs in the loss. Sarah Sweatt led the Warriors in hits with three and stole the lone base for the Warriors in the loss. She was followed by Lizzie Fela with two. Fela had the only RBI of the day and also hit the lone Warrior home run, the first home run of the season for the Warriors. Starting pitcher, Hunter Hoskins, went five innings, allowed seven hits and four runs and posted one strikeout.
Final Game One: Coker 9, Southern Wesleyan 2
Final Game Two: Coker 7, Southern Wesleyan 2
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-4 / CC 0-0), Coker (2-0)
Coach Staton Says...
"In Preparation for the season, we have talked about how important communication is to the success of the team. In game one we struggled making routine plays and communicating on the field. In game two we improved on this and corrected a lot of our mistakes. I'm looking forward to working on these small things during practice and seeing the improvements in our next game."
How It Happened
The first game did not get started until the top of the third when Coker put runs on the board on a ground out sacrifice to score H. Goodman and give them a 1-0 lead. This gave the Warriors the motivation needed to score a run the bottom of the 3th. Shelby Stroud singled to start the bottom of the third and then Kali Berrigan came into the game to pinch run for Stroud. With Lucy Wolff up to bat, Berrigan stole second and then a ground out by Sara Sweatt advanced Berrigan to third. Becca White reached first on an error by the third baseman to allow Berrigan to score.
Coker did not strike again until the top of 5th inning when they scored after an error was made by the Warriors second baseman, allowing M. North to cross the plate for the Cobras. The next play gave Coker another run giving them a 3-1 lead over the Warriors.
Coker made sure to start the 6th inning with a bang with their first baseman hitting a home run off of Lucy Wolff. The Warriors scored their last run in the bottom of the 6th inning when Sara Sweatt made it home on a passed ball. Coker would score four more times in the last inning making the final score 7-2.
The second game started slow with neither team putting any runs on the board until the top of the 4th inning when the Cobras were first to put numbers on the board on back-to-back doubles to score their first run of the evening. They would proceed to score one more time that inning on a passed ball to allow T. Barcomb to cross the plate. Coker would strike again in the top of the 5thwhen they would get two more runs to give them a 4-0 lead over Southern Wesleyan.
The Warriors put themselves on the board for the first time in the bottom of the 6th inning when Lizzie Fela hit the first home run of the season for the Warriors to bring the score to 4-1. The Cobras gave themselves a 7-1 run lead in the top of the 7th on a RBI singles and a double to bring around three runs. The Warriors would not go down quietly, putting up a tough fight in the bottom of the 7th to put another run on the board on an error that would bring Sara Sweatt around to score the Warriors' final run for the night. The Coker Cobras took the game with a final score of 9-2.
The Warriors are home again on Wednesday, February 8 at 3:00 and 5:00 as they take on play Point University, and they will remain home on Friday, February 10 at 2:00 and 4:00 against Young Harris.