The Presbyterian College softball team opened the 20108 season with a 6-0 loss to #20 St. Francis in the opening game of the Kickin' Chicken Classic being held Feb. 9-11, at the Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium in Conway, S.C.  Kaylee Allen struck out a career-high nine batters in the contest, while Jonnie Petree collected two of the team's three hits to lead the offense.  The Blue Hose rounded out Friday play with a 14-0 loss to UNCG in five innings.

SFU 6, PC 0

Mikayla Bower led Saint Francis after going two-of-three with two RBI, and three runs scored.  She broke the game open with a two-run double in the third inning to give the Red Flash a 4-0 lead.  Her solo home run in the fifth made it 6-0, after Kassidy Troxell put SFU up 5-0 in the fourth with a solo home run as well. 

SFU’s Adrian Smith threw a complete game from the circle, striking out seven and surrendering just three hits.  Two of those hits came from PC’s Jonnie Petree, her first in the third that advanced runners to third as the Blue Hose threatened.  She had a single in the fifth as well.  Macy Hyatt collected the other hit for PC, a double in the fifth.  Kaylee Allen threw 5.0 innings, striking out a career-high nine.  She gave up eight hits and six earned runs.  Camryn Alverson came in relief in the final inning, and posted two strikeouts and no hits.

PC recorded three hits and had no errors.  St. Francis came away with six runs off eight hits, while committing one error.

UNCG 14, PC 0 (5)

Marissa Sholtes did the most damage for UNCG, going two-for two with five RBI and three runs.  All of her RBI came off a three-run home run in the fourth and a two-run shot in the fifth.  She was helped by Kayleigh Willis who went two-for-three with three RBI.  She kicked off the Spartan scoring with a RBI single in the first.  She added a two-RBI single in the second, helping UNCG take the early 6-0 lead after two innings.

Alicia Bazonski started for UNCG.  She gave up just one hit and no runs, while striking out two in three innings.  PC’s Chelsea Lyons recorded the lone hit, a single down the left field line early in the first inning.  Stephanie Bryden came in relief, striking out four with no hits in two innings.  Sarah Ramsbottom pitched 1.2 innings for PC as the starter, surrendering six hits and six runs for the loss.

PC finished with one hit and had two errors, while UNCG posted 14 runs off 15 hits, and no errors.

Notables

- Kaylee Allen’s career-high nine strikeouts against Saint Francis tied for second in the PC DI record book.

For the Record

PC opens the season 0-2.

Up Next

The Blue Hose continue tournament play with Iowa State Feb. 10, at 9:30 a.m., and Saint Francis again at 12:00 p.m.

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