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Kensley Loudermelk pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the Presbyterian College softball team to the 6-0 win over North Carolina A&T in the final home game of the season at the PC Softball Complex in Clinton, S.C.  The Blue Hose survived a furious Aggie rally in the top of the seventh to come away with the 11-9 win in game one.

Seniors Rachel Hopper and Leslie Hensley were honored in a ceremoney prior to the start of game one.

PC improved to 18-29 overall, while NC A&T dropped to 12-30.

The Aggies used a two run home run by Sabrina Edmonds in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead before PC spotted five in the bottom of the second to lead 5-2.

With one out, the Blue Hose recorded two walks to put runners on first and second.  Rachel Hopper stepped up with a two-run triple, with Jill McLean sending her home with a triple herself.  An Aggie error put Cat Tarvin on base and she came home for the fifth run with a base hit by Morgan Durham.

NCAT's Raven Smith hit a solo home run in the fourth to cut the margin to two.  PC led off the bottom of the fourth with three straight singles to load the bases.  A walk by Durham brought in one run, while a sacrifice fly by Leslie Hensley brought in another to make it 7-3 in favor of the Blue Hose.

The Aggies led off the top of the fifth with Erica Turner reaching base on a PC error.  She plated after Detavia Kenan tripled to left field.  Kenan scored the next at-bat off a sacrifice fly by Tranea Jones as NCAT made it a 7-5 game.

With one out in the bottom of the fifth, PC had back-to-back walks to put runners on first and second.  Two batters later Lyndsey York doubled to right to drive in two runs.  The next at-bat she advanced to third when Durham hit a single and scored off a NCAT error.  Durham stole third and then scored on a wild pitch the next play to give PC the 11-5 lead.

After a quiet sixth inning by both teams, NCAT led off the top of the seventh with a hit by pitch.  A double the next at-bat put runners on second and third with no outs.  After a pop up to short for the first out, Jones was hit by a pitch to load bases.  Edmonds singled through the left side to bring in a run and Smith doubled to right center to bring in two more.  The fourth run came in the next at-bat off a single by Tiffany Macklin to make it 11-9 in favor of PC.  The next two NCAT batters went down in order to end the threat and the game, however.

Hensley pitched a complete game and surrendered eight earned runs off 11 hits.  She struck out six to go to 9-14 on the year.

Durham led offensively with a two-for-three effort and two RBI.  She was followed by York who was one-for-one with two RBI as well.

After giving up a single to open game two, Kensley Loudermelk retired the next 15 of 17 batters and struck out four to hold the Aggies at bay through five innings.  After giving up a single, just her fourth of the game, to open the sixth, she sat down the next five of six batters till the bottom of the seventh.  Hensley came in relief to pitch for the final out of her final appearance at the PC Softball Complex.  She forced a pop up to first for the final out of the series.

Tarvin recorded the 13th RBI of the season with a single up the middle that drove in Tera Powell, who had singled to third to open the bottom of the third, as PC took the 1-0 lead.

Jill McLean led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk.  She came home off a RBI triple by Tarvin.  A Durham single drove in Tarvin the next at-bat.  Shelby Petik singled up the middle to plate Durham as PC opened up a 4-0 lead after five.

McLean got things going again in the sixth after leading off the inning with a single and a stolen base to sit on second with no outs.   After Mclean reached third off a fielder's choice, she scored when Durham bunted to third.  Tarvin, who was on base off the fielder's choice, scored two batters later off a sacrifice fly by Harrington as PC took the 6-0 lead and win.

Loudermelk went 6.2 innings and scattered four hits with six strikeouts to pick up the win (8-10).  Tarvin went three-for-four with two RBI, while Durham followed with a two for four effort and two RBI.

PC rounds out the regular-season at Campbell with a single game Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m.  The two teams play a doubleheader Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m.


Gardner Webb 3, Presbyterian College 2 (Apr 25, 2012 at Boiling Springs, NC) (Game 2)
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Presbyterian College 000 000 2 -  2  6  3      (15-28, 7-11 BSC)
Gardner Webb........ 010 010 1 -  3  8  1      (24-24, 10-8 BSC)
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Pitchers: Presbyterian College - Hensley, Leslie; Loudermelk, Kensley(7) and . Gardner Webb -
GUTIERREZ, Alyssa; BOOMHOWER, Cindy(5) and .
Win-BOOMHOWER, Cindy(10-5)  Loss-Loudermelk, Kensley(7-10)  T-2:25  A-98
Weather: 70 degrees; clear skies;

Presbyterian College 11, North Carolina A&T 9 (Apr 28, 2012 at Clinton, S.C.) (Game 1)
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North Carolina A&T.. 200 120 4 -  9 11  4      (12-29)
Presbyterian College 050 240 X - 11 10  1      (17-29)
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Pitchers: North Carolina A&T - DOBISON,Ashira and EDMONDS,Sabrina. Presbyterian College -
Hensley, Leslie and Marshall, Jennifer.
Win-Hensley, Leslie(9-14)  Loss-DOBISON,Ashira(11-7)  T-1:56  A-126
HR NCAT - EDMONDS,Sabrina (9); SMITH,Raven (3).
Weather: mostly cloudy, upper 70s


 

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