Hope Rogers drove in all of the Blue Hose’s four runs in the first and second innings off a double and single to lead the Presbyterian College softball team to the 4-1 win over Gardner-Webb in Big South action this afternoon in Boiling Springs, N.C.
PC improved to 22-20 overall and 7-9 in the Big South, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs dropped to 14-30, 4-12. The Blue Hose travel to Campbell for a three-game series April 18-19. The two teams play a doubleheader Friday at 4 p.m., and a single game Saturday at 1 p.m.
Rogers went three-for-three with four RBI to lead the Blue Hose, while Jill McLean and Jordan Ashley each collected a hit apiece. Kensley Loudermelk was practically flawless in the circle, giving up just one run off three hits, while striking out seven in the win.
Samantha Meenaghan paced GWU with her two-for-three effort, while Ashley Rhyne provided the team’s only other hit with her home run in the second. Jessica Childers took the loss for Gardner-Webb after giving up three earned runs off four hits in 1.2 innings. Rhyne came in relief for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, surrendering just one hit in 5.1 innings.
The Blue Hose drew blood early, scoring two runs in the top of the first off a Rogers single that drove in Erin Ruff, who reached on a GWU error, and McLean, who drew a walk.
Rogers was at it again in the second, with a two-RBI double to left that plated Ashley, who opened the inning with a single, and McLean, who reached on an infield single, and the Blue Hose were on top quickly, 4-0.
Rhyne picked up a run in the bottom of the second with a solo home run to make it 4-1.
PC put runners in scoring position several times the final five innings but Rhyne rallied down the stretch to keep the Blue Hose from increasing the score.
After Rhyne’s home run in the second, the Runnin’ Bulldogs put just two more runners on base as Loudermelk retired the side in order three of the final five innings to keep GWU at bay.