Warriors Split Series With Owls

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan split to the Mississippi University for Women Owls.  They fell in game on 6-3 and then went on to win game two 6-4.

The Warriors posted 10 hits in the first game of the evening with four leading the team with two hits apiece.  Becca White and Riley Herdliska had the lone RBIs while three Warriors scored runs.  Four Warriors had stolen bases during the game.  Josie Edwards pitched the whole game for the Warriors while allowing 10 hits.

Southern Wesleyan put up eight hits in game two with Megan New and Hunter Hoskins leading the team with two hits each.  New posted her first home run of the season during the game and went on to lead the team with two RBIs.  Lexi Thompson led the team with two of the five walks during the game, and Becca White had a sacrifice bunt.  Addie Nugent led the team with two stolen bases, she was followed by Micah Williams with one.  Hunter Hoskins pitched a complete game for the Warriors while allowing six hits and striking out five.

 

Game Vitals

Final: Mississippi University for Women 6, Southern Wesleyan 3

Final: Southern Wesleyan 6, Mississippi University for Women 4

Records: Southern Wesleyan (5-16) Mississippi University for Women (8-8)

 

Coach Adkins says…

"Proud of the way we put ourselves in position to win both games.  It was good to see us grow from game one to game two and finish as a team."

 

How It Happened

Game One

The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, however the Warriors countered in the bottom of the third.  Kassidy Hamrick singled to right field and then advanced to third when Addie Nugent reached first on an error.  With Becca White at bat, Hamrick and Nugent each stole a base pad to allow the Warriors to tie the game 1-1.

In the bottom of the fifth inning with one out, Kassidy Hamrick had a bunt single and then advanced to second when Jessica Burks was hit by a pitch.  Micah Williams came to pinch run for Burks.  Addie Nugent hit a single up the middle to advance Williams, however Hamrick was out at home on the play.  With runners at first and second, Becca White singles on a bunt that allowed Williams to come in and score.  White went on to steal second to put both runners in scoring position, Riley Herdliska singled up the middle to bring Nugent in and put the Warriors up 3-1.

The Owls countered in the top of the seventh to score five runs and win the game 6-3.

 

Game Two

The Mississippi University for Women Owls took the lead first in game two when a fielder's choice allowed Anna Lloyd to come in and score.

Southern Wesleyan countered in the bottom of the third.  Hunter Hoskins singled down the left field line and then Micah Williams came in to pinch run for Hoskins.  Addie Nugent walked to advance Williams to second.  Both runners stole to put both runners in scoring position.  Riley Herdliska walked to load the bases.  With the bases loaded, Makaila Irby was hit by a pitch to bring Williams in and then a passed ball allowed Nugent to come in to put the Warriors up 2-1.

The Owls took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Warriors tied it up in the bottom of the inning.  Kassidy Hamrick singled to lead off and then advanced to third base when Hunter Hoskins singled up the middle.  Addie Nugent then grounded out to the pitcher, but Hamrick beat out the throw to score.

In the bottom of the fifth, Natalie Johnson singled up the middle and then advanced to second when Lexi Thompson grounded out.  Megan New homered to left field to bring Johnson in and put the Warriors up 5-4.

Southern Wesleyan lengthened their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Addie Nugent led off with a single to left field and then stole second base to get into scoring position.  Becca White brought Nugent in to score when she singled.  The Warriors won the game 6-4.

 

What's Next

The Warriors will remain at Varsity Field on March 13 as they take on the Drury Panthers.  They will open up Conference Carolinas action on March 16 and 17.  On the 16th, they will take on the King Tornado at 4 and 6 p.m.  They will then play the Lees-McRae Bobcats on the 17th at 1 and 3 p.m.