Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan split the doubleheader with the Tusculum Pioneers on Tuesday afternoon, winning the first game 3-2 and falling in the second game 12-4.
Southern Wesleyan had five hits in game one. Lydia Clanton led the Warriors with two hits. Emma Collins, Lydia Clanton, and Taylor Le each had an RBI in the win. Clanton led the team in doubles with two and Le posted the Warriors first triple of the season. Freshman Delaney Byers had the lone stolen base for the team. Southern Wesleyan posted seven strikeouts in the win, six coming from relief pitcher Emma Collins and one coming from starting pitcher Ashton Martin. Martin went four innings and allowed two hits. Collins pitched in relief for the Warriors.
The Warriors had six hits in the game two loss. Lydia Clanton led the Warriors with two hits. Clanton had three RBIs and Makaila Irby had one RBI. Clanton led the team in hitting with her first career homerun. Emma Collins led the team in stolen bases with two and was followed by Becca White and Kassidy Hamrick with one apiece. Delanie Laudenbacher pitched seven innings for the Warriors and allowed 13 hits.
Game One Final: Southern Wesleyan 3, Tusculum 2 (8 innings)
Game Two Final: Tusculum 12, Southern Wesleyan 4
Coach Adkins Says…
"We won an extremely tight game against a quality team in extra innings. I think that shows we are capable of coming out and playing good softball for a long period. In game two, I was proud of the way we fought and actually held the lead after getting behind early. I saw a lot of growth in all areas of our team tonight. Getting a doubleheader split isn't our goal, we want two wins. However, there were a lot of positive things to take from tonight."
How It Happened
The Pioneers struck first in the top of the third, and the Warriors responded in the sixth inning to tie it up 1-1. Delaney Byers started the bottom of the sixth with a single and stole second base. Lydia Clanton came up to bat and doubled to score Byers and gain an RBI. Good pitching on both sides held each team scoreless in the seventh inning. In the top of the eighth the Pioneers were able to score one. In the bottom of the eighth, Kassidy Hamrick started at second base due to extra innings base runner rules and Taylor Le batted her in off of a triple to gain an RBI and tie the game. Emma Collins then came up to bat and drew the out at first base to allow Le to score and go on to win the first game 3-2.
The Pioneers struck early in game two, leading 3-0 going into the bottom of the first. Emma Collins singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and stole second. Delaney Byers singled to advance Collins to third. Lydia Clanton homered to score Collins and Byers and pick up three RBI. The score was 3-3 going into the second inning. In the bottom of the second, the Warriors gained the lead after Makaila Irby scored Kali Berrigan and picked up an RBI. The Pioneers went on to add eight runs between the fifth through seventh innings and win the game 12-4.
Southern Wesleyan will host the Francis Marion Patriots on February 8 at 4 and 6 p.m. They will then host the Columbia International Rams on February 9 at 1 and 3 p.m.