St. Andrews Presbyterian College sophomore catcher Lex Cowger (Indian Head, Md.) was the only Knight to record a hit in both games as the Glenville State College softball team posted a pair of non-conference victories, 3-0 and 6-4, Sunday.
The Pioneers (7-9) have won four straight after recording their second doubleheader sweep in as many days. The Lady Knights (3-18) losing streak extends to 13 games.
Cowger finished the twin bill with two hits, two runs scored, one walk, and one stolen base. Sophomore Brittney Handley (St. Albans, W.Va.) led Glenville State offensively going 4-for-6 with four stolen bases.
The Pioneers will return to action March 8th, when they travel to Chowan University.
GAME ONE: Glenville State 3, St. Andrews 0
Freshman Jessica Fedor (Wantage, N.J.) tossed a two-hit, complete-game shutout as Glenville State won the opener by three. Fedor (2-2) only faced two batters over the minimum, allowing just one walk and inducing 14 ground ball outs.
After the first nine Knights batters were retired in order, St. Andrews threatened in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Kendra Norton (Marshall, N.C.) and Cowger led off with consecutive singles up the middle of the infield. However, Glenville State escaped the jam by turning a 6-4-3 double play.
The Pioneers got on the board in the second inning on a groundout by junior Brooke Foster (Weston, W.Va.) that plated an unearned run. Glenville State added two late insurance runs in the fifth and sixth to complete its scoring. Senior Meagan James (St. Albans, W.Va.) drove in a run with a ground-rule double that hopped over the right-center fence in the fifth and freshman pinch hitter Raquel Williams (Huntington, W.Va.) produced the Pioneers last run with a groundout in the sixth.
Norton was the only Knights batter to reach base twice going 1-for-2 with a walk in the leadoff spot. Sophomore Ashley Disque (Prince Frederick, Md.) was charged with the loss in the complete-game effort allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks while fanning two.
Handley was 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases in the leadoff role for the Pioneers.
GAME TWO: Glenville State 6, St. Andrews 4
St. Andrews rallied to tie the nightcap, 4-4, with three runs in the third but Glenville State completed the sweep with one run in the fourth and sixth for the narrow two-run victory.
Handley hit a triple to the left-center field fence that scored the Pioneers go-ahead run in the fourth and senior Leanne Harris (Windsor, Canada) added an insurance run with an RBI-groundout in the sixth. Handley matched her first game production at the top of the lineup once again going 2-for-3 with two stolen bases.
Glenville State jumped out to a three-run lead in the top of the first before St. Andrews fought back. In the home half of the opening frame, Cowger ripped a two-out single and stolen second before scoring on a single by sophomore Kaitlin Harris (Acworth, Ga.).
The Knights rallied for three more runs in the bottom of the third to deadlock the score at four apiece. Senior Brianna Shurtleff (Colton, Calif.) led off with a single and Cowger drew a walk before Harris crushed a double over the centerfielder that drove in Shurtleff. After Cowger scored on a wild pitch in the dirt, freshman Devin Millhorn (Spotsylvania, Va.) tied the score with her own double in the left-center gap that plated Harris.
Harris finished the game going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. SAPC outhit GSC, 8-6, but left 10 runners stranded on base.
Senior Mandy Parkulo (Shady Springs, W.Va.) improved to 4-1 on the season after tossing 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for freshman starter Meagan Lesser (Mineral, Va.). Parkulo only allowed two hits, a double to Harris and a single to senior Danyell Marquez (Riverside, Calif.) to lead off the bottom of the seventh, but she pitched out of the potential game-tying jam with a popup, strikeout, and a groundout.
Marquez went the distance for the Knights on the mound but took the loss allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks over seven innings.