The Presbyterian College softball team scored four runs in the last two innings to rally back from a five-run deficit, only to fall just one run short to Virginia Tech, 5-4, in the first game of the day at the Osprey/Jacksonville Invitational being held Mar. 2-4, in Jacksonville, Fla. PC dropped a 9-1 decision to Jacksonville in the second game. Lindsay Harris helped spark the rally in game one with a two-run single in the sixth.
VT 5, PC 4
Virginia Tech’s Emma Strouth laced a RBI single up the middle to open the scoring in the top of the first inning. She brought home Sammi Miller, who was on base off a PC error. The Blue Hose threatened in the bottom of the third with singles by Jonnie Petree and Alexis Edgerton, but weren’t able to plate a run. The Hokies went up 3-0 in the top of the third, with Jessie Mehr hitting a two-RBI single, scoring Whitney Metz and Strouth. VT took a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth off a Sierra Walton RBI sacrifice bunt and a RBI single from Caroline Schoenewald.
PC loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth off an error, single and a walk. Harris hit a two-RBI single to right, bringing home two runs to cut the margin to three, 5-2. The Blue Hose loaded the bases again in the bottom of the seventh, off a hit by pitch, a single, and an error. Chesea Lyons was hit by pitch to bring in PC’s third run, with a sacrifice fly by Grace Wallace making it 5-4. The rally ended when the next batter grounded out to end the game.
Harris led PC with her one hit and two RBI. Lyons had one RBI and one hit, with Wallace posting a RBI. Edgerton, Ansley Wilbanks, and Jonnie Petree each had a hit as well. Walton recorded a two hits and a RBI, while Mehr had two RBI and one hit for Virginia Tech. Keely Rochard (2-1) picked up the win for VT, striking out six in 5.2 innings, while allowing no runs off two hits. Alex Cook (0-3) took the loss, going three innings and giving up three hits and two earned runs.
Virginia Tech scored five runs off six hits, with two errors, while PC posted five runs off five hits, with two errors.
JU 9, PC 1
Jacksonville scored five runs in the first inning, helped in part to a grand slam by Mackenzie Buss. A solo home run by Madison Ragan in the second and another by Heather Roberts in the fourth, as well as a RBI double by Buss in gave JU the 9-1 lead. Camryn Alverson gave PC its run in the second inning with a solo shot to make it 9-1 in favor of the Dolphins.
Sarah Ramsbottom (0-4) took the loss, going just under one inning with five runs off two hits. Haley Holloway picked up the win, allowing just one hit to move to 2-1 on the year. Alverson led PC with a hit and RBI. Wilbanks picked up a hit as well. Ragan went two-for-two with one RBI, while Buss was the star for the Dolphins, going two-for-three with five RBI.
PC finished with one run off two hits, with two errors. Jacksonville collected nine runs with eight hits and one error.
For the Record
PC drops to 1-15 overall, while VT improves to 9-7, and Jacksonville moves to 11-7
The Blue Hose round out tournament play against Middle Tennessee State again Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
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