Jacksonville, Fla. – The Presbyterian College softball team split a pair of games on Sunday to conclude play at the JU/UNF Spring Break Challenge. The Blue Hose defeated La Salle a second time on the weekend in the first game, 3-1, and then fell to North Florida in the second half of the twinbill, 2-1. PC is now 6-16-2 on the year.
The Blue Hose used a two-out rally in the bottom of the first inning to jump ahead of the Explorers. Jonnie Petree led off the inning with a leadoff single, but the next batters would not reach base. Casey Gerhard plated Petree with a double to center field. Following a Chelsea Lyons single, Kiley Kross brought in Gerhard with a single of her own to make the score 2-0.
Lyons had a big game for the PC offense, collecting a hit in each of her three at bats. She sent a triple to the right-center field gap in the fifth, her first three-bagger of the year. Lindsay Harris also had a multi-hit game for the Blue Hose, collecting a pair of singles in the win.
Alyssa Batastini picked up her fifth win of the season on Sunday after pitching her seventh complete game as a Blue Hose. In 21 innings of work this weekend, the redshirt junior allowed only five runs on 14 hits. Against the Explorers on Sunday, she allowed just five hits and gave up the lone run.
Petree added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when she laced a double down the left field line and then was able to score on an ensuing fielding error, making the score 3-1.
Taylor Ward got the start in the circle for PC against the Ospreys in the second game of the day. The freshman pitched her second complete game of the season in the loss. She allowed only a pair of runs on six hits.
Courtney White drove in the lone run for the Blue Hose with a single up the middle to score Gerhard in the top of the fourth inning. White, Gerhard, and Lyons each had a pair of hits against UNF.
PC will return to action on Tuesday with a doubleheader at Savannah State. The first game will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the second game will start shortly after the end of the first contest.