BELMONT, NC (March 16, 2008)- The Glenville State softball team split a doubleheader with host Belmont Abbey this afternoon, dropping the opener 12-11 , winning the second game 3-0 behind a Kayla Shobe gem. With the split, the Lady Pioneers now stand at 6-8 on the season
Lady Pioneers Split Doubleheader with Belmont Abbey
Game one was an offensive barrage as the two teams combined to score 23 runs on 31 hits as the Crusaders claimed the win on a two-out, two run double by Threatt for the winning runs.
With the Abbey leading 10-9 heading into the top of the seventh, Glenville State took the lead on a two-RBI single to right by Lacey Powell to give the Pioneers an 11-10 lead.
Down to its final at bat, the Abbey struck for a pair of runs, as Desiree Carron drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice groundout by Megan Mullis. After a strikeout, Jessica Inman was intentionally walked, and Threatt followed with a ringing double to the gap in right center field, scoring Carron easily, and Inman crossed the plate right before the ball came home for the winning run.
The game opened with Glenville State scoring twice in the first, but the Crusaders scored three in their half to claim a 3-2 lead. It grew to 5-2 after scoring twice in the third. After the Lady Pioneers scored three times in the fourth to knot the game at five, the Abbey scored five times in its half, with four of those coming on a grand slam by Alysia Stewart to give the Abbey a 10-5 lead.
The Lady Pioneers scored four unanswered runs, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth, to close within one, and took the lead in the top of the seventh before Threatt’s contributions gave the Abbey the win.
carrie Markham earned the win after allowing eight runs, seven earned, on 13 hits in five and two-thirds innings of work. She struck out four. Mandy Parkulo took the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits in three and two-thirds innings.
Game two was in stark contrast to the first as the two pitchers held the offenses at bay, as the Lady Pioneers scored all of its runs in the fifth inning.
Leanne Harris reached on an error and moved to second, followed by a walk to Powell. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up one base, and Kayla Shobe produced the game’s first run on a sarifice fly to center, scoring Harris and moving Powell to third. Powell then scored on a wild pitch to up the lead to 2-0, and Candice White followed with a solo homer for all of the game’s runs.
Shobe earned the win after working six scoreless innings in relief, giving up five hits and striking out three. Carron took the loss after allowing three unearned runs on six hits in four and two-thirds innings.