The Presbyterian College softball team tied the game at 5-5 in a three-run sixth inning, forcing extra innings, but Tennessee Tech came back with three in the eighth to take the 8-5 win in game one of a doubleheader Saturday at the PC Softball Complex in Clinton, S.C. The Golden Eagles scored three runs in the final two innings to rally back from a one-run deficit and win the second game, 5-4. Due to inclement weather in the area Sunday’s contest is cancelled.
TTU 8, PC 5 (8)
PC got on the board with a run in the top of the first, with Chelsea Lyons sacrifice bunting in Jonnie Petree, who led off the inning with a walk. Tennessee Tech responded in the top of the second with a solo home run by Hallie Davis. TTU added two runs in the top of the third, the first coming off a RBI single from Raegan Sparks. She’d score the second run of the inning off a PC error. A RBI single from Macy Hyatt in the bottom of the third cut the TTU lead to just one, 3-2.
After a quiet fourth, the Golden Eagles added two more in the fifth, the first off a Sparks home run, the second off a RBI single from Davis, to give TTU the 5-2 lead. PC rallied in the bottom of the sixth, opening the frame with an Anderson walk. Hyatt followed it up with a single, with Harris bringing in the run in off a two-RBI double. Harris scored later in the inning off a sacrifice bunt from Courtney White to tie the game, 5-5. With the scored tied after regulation, the game moved to the eighth inning.
Kaylee Allen went 4.2 innings for PC as the starter, surrendering four earned runs and six hits, with five strikeouts. Camryn Alverson (1-1) went 2.2 innings, giving up six hits and one run. Waldrop (3-6) threw a complete game for TTU, giving up four earned runs off 11 hits. Davis led the Golden Eagles with three hits and two RBI, with Sparks following with two hits and three RBI. Hyatt led PC with two hits and a RBI. Grace Wallace posted two hits, while Anderson added two hits and one RBI. Harris recorded two RBI.
PC finished with five runs, 11 hits, and two errors, while Tennessee Tech posted five runs off 13 hits, with one error.
TTU 5, PC 4
Tennessee Tech opened the game with a walk by Lowery. She moved to second after Sparks got hit by a pitch and scored off a RBI single from Bayli Cruse. Gabby LaSala, who was on base off a single, scored the second run off a PC error in the second to make it 2-0 in favor of the visitors. Chelsea Lyons came through again, this time with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. PC took the 3-2 lead in the fifth after Ansley Wilbanks opened the frame with a single to third. Hyatt brought her home with a RBI double to left.
The lead was short-lived, with TTU scoring in the top of the sixth off a PC error, to knot the score at 3-3. The Golden Eagles took back the lead at 4-3, in the top of the seventh, off a RBI double from Cruze that plated Sparks, who was on off an error. Another PC error brought in the fifth run for the Golden Eagles to make it 5-3. Hyatt cut the lead to one in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI single, but the Blue Hose were unable to get another run across, falling by the final, 5-4 score.
Cruse paced TTU with three hits and two RBI. Ashley McGowan and LaSala added two this apiece as well. Hyatt led PC with three hits and two RBI. Lyons had two RBI and one hit. Hughes (2-2) earned the win, going 5.0 innings and giving up eight hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts. Alex Cook (0-5) went a complete game, surrendering 10 hits and one earned run.
PC scored four runs off eight hits and had four errors, while TTU recorded five runs off 10 hits, with one error. Tennessee Tech posted five runs off 10 hits, with one error, while PC recorded three runs off six hits and four errors.
For the Record
PC drops to 1-19 overall, while Tennessee Tech improves to 6-14.
Sunday’s game has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Blue Hose host East Tennessee State in a doubleheader Mar. 14, with a 2 p.m., start.
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