Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College softball team plated eight runs in the fourth inning to erase a 9-1 lead held by East Tennesse State on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Blue Hose Invitational, but the rally would come to an abrupt end when the game was called for darkness following the completion of the fifth inning with the score tied at nine. This is the second tie for the Blue Hose in three days.
The fourth inning began with a leadoff single for Chelsea Lyons. Following an out, Lyons moved into scoring position on an Alyssa Batastini double to the right field fence. Jonnie Petree would plate Lyons with an infield single in the next at-bat and then swipe second base to move herself to scoring position. Ansley Wilbanks came to the plate next and stroked a single up the middle to plate the pair of runners. Macy Hyatt then shot a double down the right field line and Wilbanks was able to score on a throwing error, bringing the score to 9-5.
The Bucs then switched pitchers and were able to grab the second out of the inning. The Blue Hose would then put together three consecutive singles by Courtney White, Kiley Kross, Lyons as PC batted around to bring the deficit down to two. Kross and Lyons each tallied an RBI to go with their base knock. After Lindsay Harris reached on a walk, Batastini stepped up to the plate and delivered the equalizer, a single into left field that brought home a pair and tied the game at nine. The inning would end when pinch hitter Grace Wallace hit a warning track fly ball to left field.
Taylor Ward got the start in the circle for the Blue Hose. She threw a total of 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. She was relieved by Courtney White at the beginning of the third inning, who allowed five runs on four hits and three walks in 1.1 innings worked. Ward re-entered the game to finish the fourth inning. Alyssa Batastini got the ball for the fifth inning and allowed only one baserunner on a walk.
The Blue Hose will be in action again next weekend when they travel to Conway, South Carolina to take part in the Coastal Carolina Tournament from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17. The Blue Hose are scheduled to the host Chanticleers twice, as well as Eastern Kentucky, Marshall, and Towson.