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2016 Big South Tournament

Softball Wins Two at Panther Invitational


Shelby Petik hit three home runs and recorded 10 RBI, while Kersten Legacki went seven of 11 with five RBI to lead the Presbyterian College to a 2-1 record at the Panther Invitational held this weekend in Atlanta, Ga.  PC earned a 12-inning, 11-9 win over Northern Kentucky before dropping a 13-5 decision to Oakland.  The Blue Hose rebounded with another extra-inning win over Georgia State in the final game, defeating the Panthers 16-15 in nine innings.

PC improved to 3-5 overall, while NKU went to 0-1.  Oakland opened its season with a 1-0 record, while Georgia State fell to 2-6.

Legacki posted a .636 batting average, going seven of 11 with two doubles four runs scored and five RBI.  Erin Ruff posted six hits, scored seven runs and recorded six RBI.  Petik went five of 15 with three home runs, three runs scored and 10 RBI.

Jessica Cole earned the win against Georgia State, going 8.0 innings and surrendering seven earned runs off 14 hits.  Kensley Loudermelk picked up the win over Northern Kentucky after throwing 6.0 innings and giving up five unearned runs and striking out five.  Sydney Seigler took the loss against Oakland after going 4.0 innings, giving up eight hits and four earned runs.

Game One: PC 11, NKU 9 (12 inn.)
Petik hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Presbyterian College softball team the 11-9 extra-inning win over Northern Kentucky.

Northern Kentucky struck first in the top of the third Alexis Vanhorn, who led off the inning with a double to left field, scored off a RBI ground-out by Mandi McQueen, as the Norse took the 1-0 lead.

The NKU lead was short-lived as Legacki, with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, connected on her first career home run, a three-run shot over the left field wall to give PC a 3-1 lead.

The Norse wasted no time in rallying back with a two-run home run by Michelle Carson to tie the game at 3-3.  Vanhorn reached on a PC error the next at-bat and scored off another PC error to take Northern Kentucky back up 4-3.

A RBI single by Cat Tarvin drove in Ruff, who had doubled to lead off the fifth, to tie the game at four after the fifth inning.  The game would stay tied the next two innings, forcing an eighth.

With a runner, Nicolette Hayes, placed on second for NKU per tie-breaker rules, Katelyn Roy doubled to right center, driving in Hayes to give the Norse the 5-4 lead.

The Blue Hose loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with Petik coming through with a RBI single to make it a 5-5 game.  The next two PC batters struck out and flew out, respectively, as the Blue Hose were unable to go ahead and the game went into the ninth inning.

McQueen made it 6-5 in favor of NKU with a RBI single in the top of the ninth, before a PC error allowed NKU to plate two more runs to go up 8-5.

PC fought back with a Ruff single that drove in Jennifer Marshall to cut the margin to one.  Ruff came home off a two-RBI home run to left field by Erin Taylor that tied the game at 8-8.

In the 10th inning, NKU scored off a Vanhorn double to go up 9-8.  PC loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and Morgan Durham laced a shot back to the pitcher to score Legacki and tie the game at 9-9 heading into the 11th inning.

NKU went down in order in the top of the 11th to send PC to the plate in the bottom of the inning needing just a run to win.  Tera Powell was placed on second and took third off a sacrifice bunt from Ruff, but the next two batters popped up and grounded out to end the inning still knotted at 9-9.

A scoreless top of the 12th for NKU set up the Blue Hose for a chance to take the game in the bottom.  With Tarvin on second, Petik stepped up to the plate and knocked a two-run shot over the left field wall, giving the Blue Hose the 11-9 win.

Game Two: Oakland 13, PC 5
Oakland scored three runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to break open a one-run game and take the 13-5 win over the Presbyterian College softball team in the second game of the Panther Invitational.

Oakland got on the board with a run in the first and two in the second to take the 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.  PC rallied back with two runs off a RBI double from Shelby Petik and a RBI single from Durham to trail by one 3-2.

Oakland responded with two more runs in the top of the third to take the 5-2 lead.  After Taylor walked to open the bottom of the third, Tarvin sent her to third with a double.  Taylor scored the next at-bat off a wild pitch to make it 5-3.

After a scoreless top of the fourth, PC added a run, to make it 5-4, off a RBI ground-out by Ruff that brought home Tera Powell, who had tripled to center the previous at-bat. 

Leading 5-4, Sarah Hartley knocked a three-run home run over the right field wall and surged to an 8-4 lead.  The Grizzlies added three more in the sixth to take an 11-4 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.  Durham opened the inning with a walk and capitalized on it, advancing to third on an illegal pitch and a stolen base.  She came home for PC's fifth run off a RBI single by Taylor as the Blue Hose cut the deficit to six, 11-5.

Oakland went up by eight the top of the seventh off a two-run home run by Erika Polidari to take a 13-5 lead.  PC went down in order the bottom of the seventh to give the Grizzlies the win.

Game Three: PC 16, Georgia State 15 (9 inn.)
Two home runs by Petik proved to be the difference as the Blue Hose softball team earned the 16-15 nine-inning win over Georgia State in the final game of the Panther Invitational.

PC jumped out early in the first inning against Georgia State when the Blue Hose loaded the bases with two outs.  Petik cleared the bases with a grand slam over the right field wall to give PC the 4-0 lead.

The Panthers responded with five runs, three coming off a three-run home run by Paige Nowacki, to take a 5-4 lead after the first inning.

The Blue Hose made it 5-5 when Taylor hit a RBI single up the middle, scoring Powell who had led off the second inning with a double down the right field line.

Georgia State came back with three runs in the bottom of the second, two coming off Nowacki's second home run in as many bats with a two-run shot over the left field wall, to make it 8-5 in favor of the Panthers.

PC cut the deficit to two in the top of the third when Ruff singled in Powell, who had reached on a single with two outs on the board.  In the bottom of the third, Jessica Clifton helped GSU push the lead back to three, 9-6, with a RBI single that plated MeQuilla Franklin, who had led off the inning with a single to left.

The Blue Hose added another run in the top of the fourth after Legacki doubled to left field and drove in Tarvin to make it 9-7.

A RBI single by Jessica Clifton in the bottom of the fifth gave Georgia State the three-point, 10-7 lead.

After a quiet sixth inning, Powell cut the margin to 10-8 with a RBI single, while Ruff hit a three-run home run the next at-bat to give PC the 11-10 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.  With two outs, Georgia State's Callie Alford singled to left field, bringing in Ashley Christy, who had led off the inning with a bunt single, to tie the game at 11-11, forcing extra innings again.

Petik hit her second home run of the game, a two-run shot over the right field wall, to give PC a 13-11 lead in the eighth inning, but Georgia State answered right back in the bottom with a two-RBI double to tie the game at 13-13.

In the top of the ninth, Durham gave PC a 14-13 lead after scoring on a wild pitch.  Legacki singled the next at-bat to drive in Ruff, who was on base off a walk and had advanced off the earlier wild pitch, as PC went up 15-13.  With bases loaded Marshall drew a walk to plate Tarvin, giving the Blue Hose the 16-13 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

A sacrifice fly brought home GSU's 14th run in the bottom of the ninth, with the 15th coming in off a Alford home run.  With two outs, the last Panther batter struck out to give PC the 16-15 win.

PC opens the home season with a doubleheader against the Furman Paladins Wednesday, Feb. 20.  First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

Presbyterian College 11, Northern Kentucky 9 (Feb 16, 2013 at Panthersville, Ga.)
Northern Kentucky... 001 300 013 100  -  9  7  2      (0-1)
Presbyterian College 003 010 013 102  - 11 13  3      (2-4)
Pitchers: Northern Kentucky - SCHWAEBLE, E; BENHASE, K.(10) and LANG, K..
Presbyterian College - BARNETTE, Kelsey; LOUDERMELK, Kensley(7) and TAYLOR, Erin;
MARSHALL, Jennifer.
Win-LOUDERMELK, Kensley(2-2)  Loss-BENHASE, K.(0-1)  T-3:13  A-154
HR PC - TAYLOR, Erin; LEGACKI, Kersten; PETIK, Shelby.
Weather: 36 degrees, Clear

Oakland 13, Presbyterian College 5 (Feb 16, 2013 at Panthersville, Ga.)
Oakland............. 122 033 2 - 13 14  3      (1-0)
Presbyterian College 021 101 0 -  5  9  4      (2-5)
Pitchers: Oakland - Kownacki, E.; Pond, L.(6) and Polidori, E.. Presbyterian College -
SEIGLER, Sydney; COLE, Jessica(5); BARNETTE, Kelsey(6) and ASHLEY, Jordan.
Win-Kownacki, E.(1-0)  Loss-SEIGLER, Sydney(0-3)  T-2:23  A-154
HR OAK - Polidori, E.; Hartley, S..
Weather: 40 degrees, Sunny

Presbyterian College 16, Georgia State 15 (Feb 16, 2013 at Panthersville, Ga.)
Presbyterian College 411 100 423  - 16 16  0      (3-5)
Georgia State....... 531 010 122  - 15 20  3      (2-6)
Pitchers: Presbyterian College - LOUDERMELK, Kensley; COLE, Jessica(2) and MARSHALL, Jennifer.
Georgia State - Worley,K; Medlam,K(4); Clay,E(9) and Scarpantonio; Alford,C.
Win-COLE, Jessica(1-0)  Loss-Clay,E(0-1)  T-2:30  A-278
HR PC - RUFF, Erin; PETIK, Shelby 2.
HR GSU - Nowacki,P 2; Alford,C.
Weather: 37 degrees, Dusk
LOUDERMELK faced 1 batter in the 2nd.
Worley,K faced 1 batter in the 4th.


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