LAURINBURG, N.C.—St. Andrews Presbyterian College senior starter Samantha Stewart (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) tossed a one-hit complete-game in a 3-1 victory over visiting Glenville State College and followed with a save in 5-4 win in the nightcap as the Lady Knights (7-22 Overall) swept the non-conference softball doubleheader against the Pioneers on Monday afternoon at Knights Field.
Stewart was also productive from the plate going 2-for-3 on the day with two walks and two runs scored. Senior Mika Tanji (Honolulu, Hawaii) had a team-high three RBI for SAPC while classmate Erin Haugen (Ft. Mill, S.C.) reached base safely four times.
Glenville State continues its southern swing in a non-conference twin bill at UNC Pembroke tomorrow afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m.
GAME 1: St. Andrews 3, Glenville State 1
Sophomore Lacey Powell (Point Pleasant, W.Va.) had the Pioneers only hit of the first game in just the second at-bat of the contest, poking a single to center field. Powell later scored the visitors only run on a throwing error by the Knights.
St. Andrews tied the score at 1-1 with a lone run in the fourth. Freshman Jasmine Dobbin (Pikeville, N.C.) led off with a single and later scored on another single by sophomore Morgan Farroll (Newton Grove, N.C.).
Tanji catapulted the Knights into the lead with a two-run single in the fifth inning. Stewart and Haugen — who both drew walks to start the go-ahead surge — scored on Tanji’s single to left.
Stewart only needed three runs of support from the mound as she tossed a complete-game victory. Stewart allowed just one hit and zero earned runs over 7.0 innings while striking out five.
Dobbin and Tanji collected two hits apiece for SAPC.
The Knights grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a RBI-groundout by Tanji.
Glenville State leapfrogged into the lead (2-1) with two runs in the top of the second. Senior Jessica Gilchrist (Buffalo, W.Va.) drilled an RBI-triple down the right-field line and later scored on a wild pitch.
St. Andrews regained a one-run advantage, 3-2, on a pair of run-producing singles in the home half of the second. Stewart ripped the first base knock up the middle and Haugen followed with bloop-single over third base.
Pioneers’ sophomore Karly Eskew (Charleston, W.Va.) knotted everything at 3-3 with a bases-loaded, RBI-fielder’s choice in the fifth.
The Knights took the lead for a third and final time with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Brianna Shurtleff (Colfton, Calif.) led off with a double and scored the go-ahead run on a single by freshman Daisy Mendez (Miami, Fla.). Stewart and senior Ashley Shurtleff (Colton, Calif.) followed Mendez with their own singles to fill up the base paths. Haugen then ripped the hosts fourth straight single to score Mendez and give St. Andrews an important insurance run.
Glenville State attempted to tie the game up again and force extra innings. However, after an RBI-fielder’s choice by Eskew pulled the Pioneers to within one, 5-4, Stewart preserved the Knights victory with her first save of the season. With two runners on in scoring position, Stewart was able to force a fly out to end the game.
Tanji was credited with the win pitching the first 6 1/3 innings allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out two. Freshman counterpart Laura Childers (St. Mary’s W.Va.) went the distance for Glenville State but was tagged with the loss allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits. Childers did register a game-high three K’s.