The three runs scored by the Presbyterian College softball team in the third inning proved to be just enough as the Blue Hose opened the 2017 season with a 3-2 win over Charlotte in the opening game of the Carolina Classic, being held Feb. 10-12, in Columbia, S.C.
Blue Hose Player of the Game
Hope Rogers went one-for-three in the game, but her hit was a triple in the third inning that brought in two runs to give the Blue Hose the early 2-0 lead. She recorded a run as well, scoring of fa Kelsie Sanchez single two batters later.
How It Happened
After two scoreless innings, PC opened the third with a walk by Blaire Miller. After Jenna Harris drew a walk two batters later to put runners on first and second with one out, Hope Rogers blistered a shot to left field, driving in both runners with her first career triple. Kelsie Sanchez plated her with a single back to the shortstop to give PC the 3-0 lead.
Charlotte responded in the bottom of the fourth, with Haley Pace opening the inning with a single. The next batter, Grace Beatty, doubled to right to score Pace. Beatty scored three batters later off the Erin Powers single to make it 3-2, PC.
The 49ers threatened again in the sixth with back to back two-out walks putting the tying run at second. Katie Brown forced a groundout for the final out of the inning to keep Charlotte at bay.
Hope Rogers’ triple was the first for her career.
The Blue Hose open the season with a W for the second straight year, having begun 2016 with a 6-1 win at Furman.
Katie Brown, who pitched 7.0 innings, giving up just two runs off seven hits, moved to a tie for fifth in the PC career record book in wins with 21.
For the Record
PC opens the season 1-0, while Charlotte moves to 0-1.
The Blue Hose continue Carolina Classic play Friday, Feb. 10, with a 5:30 game against host South Carolina.
How to follow
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