The Lady Pioneers faced the Fighting Scots of Ohio Valley University yesterday and came out on top in both contests. GSC defeated OVU 3-0 in the first game, and used a huge 9-run 1st inning in the second game to win the second game in 5 innings, 11-0.
In the first game, the Lady Pioneer batting order included Leanne Harris at second, Lacey Powell at short, Meagan James at third, Stacy Mack in center field, Beth Moore at first, Lorrie Chaperon designated hitter, Jessica Gilchrist in left field, Candice White catching, Karly Eskew on the mound, and Alysha Lavey in right field.
Glenville State scored in the bottom of the second when Stacy Mack homered to start the inning. Then, with 2 outs Jessica Gilchrist singled but was stranded on first when Candice White struck out to end the inning. OVU threatened in the top of the 3rd inning but left 2 runners on base and scored no runs.
In the bottom of the third with 1 out, Leanne Harris singled and was advanced to second base by Lacey Powell’s sacrifice bunt. Meagan James then doubled to bring in Harris, but was left on base when Stacy Mack popped up to the second baseman. In the fifth inning, Lacey Powell came up to the plate with 2 outs and singled. Meagan James’ doubled to bring Powell in for the third and final Pioneer run of the game. The final score after 7 innings was 3-0. Karly Eskew was the winning pitcher. She faced 28 batters in seven innings of work, gave up 4 hits and recorded 4 strikeouts.
In the second contest, GSC’s line-up changes included Jade Jean at first and Kayla Shobe on the mound.
After a scoreless first inning for OVU, the Lady Pioneers got to work on offense and blew the game open with a 9-run first inning. Leanne Harris started things off with a single, and moved to second on Lacey Powell’s sacrifice bunt. Meagan James’ single scored Harris. Stacy Mack followed with a double, scoring James. Jade Jean followed suit with her own double, scoring Mack. Lorrie Chaperon reached first on an error by OVU’s third baseman that allowed Jean to take third base. Jessica Gilchrist then singled to score Jean and advance Chaperon to third base. Candice White bunted for the suicide squeeze which scored Chaperon and allowed her to take first and move Gilchrist to second. Kayla Shobe’s single scored Gilchrist, and GSC returned to the top of their batting order with Leanne Harris at the plate. Harris doubled to score White and advance Shobe to third. Lacey Powell flied out to center field for GSC’s second out of the inning. Meagan James singled to bring in Shobe and Harris. Stacy Mack’s ground ball to OVU’s second baseman ended the inning. The Lady Pioneers scored 9 runs on 8 hits, taking advantage of 1 error, and left 1 runner on base.
Neither team scored until the bottom of the fourth inning. In the top of the fourth, Amy Carte came in to play right field, Deidra Wallace came in for left field, and Alysha Lavey came in to center field. In the bottom of the fourth, Jade Jean singled, then advanced to second on an error by OVU’s right fielder. Lorrie Chaperon doubled to score Jean. Deidra Wallace reached first on an error by OVU’s short stop. Candice White struck out, then Kayla Shobe reached on a fielder’s choice as OVU elected to take the lead runner and got Chaperon at third base. Leanne Harris’ single scored Wallace, and Lacey Powell’s hit caused an error by OVU’s third baseman that loaded the bases for Meagan James. James flied out to center field to end the inning with the Lady Pioneers scoring 2 more runs to make the score 11-0.
In the top of the fifth, Kayla Shobe gave up her only hit of the game when the Fighting Scots first batter singled. The second batter popped up to first base, then Shobe struck out the next two to give the Lady Pioneers the victory in five innings.
The Lady Pioneers will face the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan Wednesday, April 4th at home. Game time is 4:00 pm.