Radford, Va. – The Presbyterian College softball team dropped a pair of close games to Radford on Saturday afternoon. PC fell in the first game to the Highlanders, 4-2, and then were defeated 4-3 in the second half of the twinbill. The pair of losses moves the Blue Hose to 10-27-2 on the season, 0-10 in conference play.


Both Blue Hose runs, and all three hits, in the first contest came in a fourth inning rally. Trailing 2-0, Jonnie Petree led off the inning with a single to left field. Ansley Wilbanks came to the plate next and sent a double down the left field line, moving Petree to third. Chelsea Lyons plated Petree with a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing the deficit to one. Kiley Kross evened the score by driving in Wilbanks with a single down the left field line.


Taylor Ward got the ball for PC in the first game against Radford. The freshman pitched her seventh straight complete game of the season in the loss that moved her to 4-8 on the year. Ward allowed four runs on five hits and five walks.


In game two, PC once again tied the game with a late-inning rally, this time coming in the fifth inning. The bases were loaded for Kross and she was able to plate Petree and Wilbanks, who each reached on one-out singles, with a single through the left side of the infield to make the score 3-2. Casey Gerhard evened the game with a single to left field of her own to bring home Lyons to tie the game at three. Petree led the Blue Hose offense with three hits in game two, followed by Wilbanks who collected a pair of base knocks.


Alyssa Batastini got the start in the circle in game two. The redshirt junior allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in her 11th complete game of the year. Batastini now holds a 6-18 record.


The series finale against Radford is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. That game will be streamed live as a presentation of the Big South Network on ESPN+. A link to the stream can be found here: https://es.pn/2uEhxmZ.