Spartanburg, S.C. – The Presbyterian College softball team was defeated by USC Upstate on Sunday afternoon, 9-1, to conclude the first Big South series of the year. PC is now 7-19-2 on the season, 0-3 in conference play.


Alyssa Batastini got the start in the circle for the Blue Hose. She allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits in her 4.1 innings of work. She took the loss and is now 5-13 on the year. Taylor Ward and Courtney White came on in relief in the fifth inning. Ward gave up a pair of unearned runs on a hit and two walks. White allowed a hit and gave up a walk.


Madison DeGennaro scored the lone run for PC in the top of the fifth inning. She reached base on a dropped third strike and moved up on the bases via singles by Jonnie Petree and Ansley Wilbanks. She scored when Casey Gerhard was hit by a pitch. The RBI was Gerhard’s ninth of the season.


The Blue Hose will play a pair of non-conference doubleheaders this week before returning to Big South action. PC will travel to South Carolina State on Tuesday to play a pair and then return home to the PC Softball Complex to host Western Carolina on Wednesday. The first game of both doubleheaders are slated for 2:00 p.m.