Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College softball team opened its 2019 season with a win and a tie in the Blue Hose Invitational on Friday. The Blue Hose defeated Morgan State 5-2 in their first game of the day, earning head coach David Williams his first win at PC. The Blue Hose tied 6-6 with Akron in a five-inning game that ended the first day of the tournament.
Alyssa Batastini commanded the circle in PC’s victory over the Lady Bears. The redshirt junior, in her first appearance for the Blue Hose, pitched a complete game, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks. Batastini also picked up three strikeouts.
Courtney White smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give PC a 3-1 lead, which would end up being more than enough. Kiley Kross added a team-high pair of ribbies with a double and Ansley Wilbanks collected a pair of hits and an RBI in the victory.
Taylor Ward got the start in the circle against Akron in PC’s second game. The freshman allowed four runs in seven hits in 2.1 innings. She was relieved by White, who surrendered only four hits, giving up a pair of runs in the final 2.2 innings.
Jonnie Petree collected a team-high two hits in the game, while Grace Wallace tallied three RBIs on a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the third. Chelsea Lyons, Kross, and White also each brought in a run.
PC’s tie is only the third in program history, and the second in the Division I era. The Blue Hose last had a tie game against Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne in tournament play on February 27, 2011. The game was called after five innings due to darkness.
The Blue Hose Invitational continues Saturday with PC taking part in the final game of the day against Morgan State. First pitch for that game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. East Tennessee State will take on Morgan State at 10:30 a.m. and Akron at 12:30 p.m. to begin the day.