Orangeburg, SC – Southern Wesleyan split the double header versus the Claflin Panthers. They fell in the first game 8-0, but came back to win the second game 3-1.
The Warriors posted one hit in the first game loss. Becca White claimed the lone hit, and Makaila Irby and Kassidy Hamrick both walked. Hamrick went on to have the lone stolen base for the Warriors. Josie Edwards pitched all four innings for the Warriors while striking out two batters.
Southern Wesleyan had three hits in their second victory of the season. Becca White, Maddie Ward and Natalie Johnson all posted one hit. Ward hit the lone double of the game for the Warriors. White and Megan New gained the RBIs of the game, and Kassidy Hamrick led the team with two walks. Southern Wesleyan had four stolen bases and Riley Herdliska had a sacrifice bunt. Hunter Hoskins pitched the whole game for the Warriors while striking out two and allowing five hits.
Game One Final: Claflin 8, Southern Wesleyan 0
Game Two Final: Southern Wesleyan 3, Claflin 1
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-6) Claflin (1-7)
Coach Adkins says...
"I'm liking the resiliency we showed by coming back and competing in game two. Hunter Hoskins pitched a phenomenal game in game two. She gave us seven great innings and didn't allow an earned run."
How It Happened
Claflin struck first to score three runs in the bottom of the first inning. They added to their lead in bottom of the second and fourth inning to win game one in an 8-0 final score.
Southern Wesleyan attacked hard in the top of the second inning. Natalie Johnson led off the inning with a single to the shortstop and then advanced to second when Hunter Hoskins walked. Micah Williams came in to pinch run for Hoskins. Riley Herdliska moved both runners up a base pad on a sacrifice bunt. With both runners in scoring position, a passed ball allowed Natalie Johnson to score and moved Micah Williams to third. Kassidy Hamrick followed with a walk and then stole second base. Becca White grounded out to second base, but her ground out allowed Williams to score to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Claflin's Givens singled to drive in a run to come to 2-1 behind Southern Wesleyans. Maddie Ward led off the top of the fifth inning with a walk and then went on to steal second base. Makaila Irby reached on a fielding error that also allowed Ward to reach third. Grace McGuffin came in to run for Irby. With runners at the corners, Megan New reached first on a fielding error to allow Ward to score to give the Warriors a 3-1 victory over the Panthers.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Albany State in Georgia where they will take on the Golden Rams at 3 and 5 p.m. on February 15. They will remain on the road on February 16 as they take on GA Southwestern at 2 and 4 p.m.