A six-run fifth inning from Gardner-Webb proved to be too much for the Presbyterian College softball team to overcome, dropping a 10-4 decision in the first game of a Big South doubleheader at the PC Softball Complex in Clinton, S.C. GWU scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take the eventual 2-0 win in game three to earn the series victory, 2-1.

Scoring the Games
Game One
Three straight walks and back to back fielder choices loaded the bases for Gardner-Webb to open the game. The fourth walk of the inning, this one to Megan Gibbons, brought home the first run of the game.

Jonnie Petree responded for PC in the bottom of the first, leading off the inning with a single to left. She stole second and advanced to third on a fly out from Hope Rogers. Petree scored the tying run on a wild pitch, with Blaire Miller, who was on base off a walk, scored next off an Anderson double down the left field line.

A back and forth battle, Gardner-Webb used a RBI double by Rachel Cumiskey and a RBI single from Maddi Johnson put the Runnin' Bulldogs back on top 3-2. A RBI triple from Callie Thornton in the top of the third increased the GWU lead to 4-2.

After a scoreless inning by both teams, GWU opened the fifth with back to back singles, and a sacrifice bunt to put runners in scoring position, a two-RBI single from Madi Lewis put the Bulldogs up 6-2. Johnson tacked on two more with a two-RBI single, with Cumisky making it 9-2 after scoring on a wild pitch. Champion's RBI double put GWU up 10-2 and capped the fifth-run inning.

PC rallied in the bottom of the fifth with a RBI double from Rogers and a RBI single from Anderson to cut the lead to 10-4.

Another scoreless in the sixth and top of the seventh set up PC to attempt a comeback. It was not to b e as the Blue Hose were unable to get a rally going, dropping 10-4.

Game Two
Both teams were able to put runners in scoring position during the first three innings but were unable to plate any as the game was scoreless through four.

Hitless for four innings, Gardner-Webb opened up the offense with a one-out double from Thornton and a single from Warley. Lewis brought one home with a RBI single, while Johnson made it 2-0 with a RBI single to right, two batters later.

In the bottom of the sixth inning PC loaded the bases off a hit by pitch and back to back singles, with just one out on the board, but a pop up and a line out ended the potential rally for the Blue Hose. PC put a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh when Madison Longanecker singled up the middle with one out on the board. That would be it as the next batter hit into a double play to end the game with GWU on top, 2-0.

Players of the Game
Game One
Leading PC was Anderson with her three hits and two RBI. Petree added a hit, along with Rogers, who recorded a RBI as well. Kaylee Allen started for PC, going 3.0 innings and giving up four runs off four hits. Ale Cook pitched for 1.1 innings in relief, giving up five hits and three runs for the loss (6-12). Natasha Sherrod saw 2.2 innings as well, surrendering five hits and three runs.

Johnson paced GWU, going two for four with three RBI. Champion, Gibbons, and Thornton came away with two hits and a RBI, with Alia Booth and Annamarie Warley collecting two hits. Summer Darnell was solid in the circle for the Runnin' Bulldogs, going the distance and giving up four runs off five hits (3-11).

Game Two
Rogers led the Blue Hose in hits with two, followed by Anderson and Longanecker with one apiece. Katie Brown (7-13) went 5.0 innings for PC in her 23rd stat of the season. She surrendered two runs off five hits with three strikeouts. Alex Cook came in relief for 2.0 innings, giving up no hits and no runs.

Leading GWU were Johnson and Lewis, both of whom posted a hit and RBI. Kaylee Wacaster, Thornton, and Warley each recorded a hit as well. Ashley Wark went ….

Final Lines
Game One
PC recorded four runs off five hits with no errors, while stranding five runners. Gardner-Webb had 10 runs off 14 hits, with no errors. The Bulldogs left 11 on base.

Game Two
PC scored no runs off six hits, stranding six runners, while GWU posted two runs off five hits, while leaving five on base. There were no errors in the game.

For the Record
PC moves to 18-32 overall and 7-14 in the league, while Gardner-Webb goes to 16-34, 8-13.

Up Next
PC closes out the regular season and waits word on seeding for the Big South Tournament to be held May 10-13, in Farmville, Va.

How to follow
Fans can follow at www.GoBlueHose.com, and @PresbySB.

Gardner-Webb 10, Presbyterian 4 (Apr 29, 2017 at Clinton, S.C.) (Game 1)
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Gardner-Webb........ 121 060 0 - 10 14 0 (15-34, 7-13)
Presbyterian........ 200 020 0 - 4 5 0 (18-31, 7-13)
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Pitchers: Gardner-Webb - DARNELL, Summer and CUMISKEY, Rachel. Presbyterian - ALLEN, Kaylee;
COOK, Alex(4); SHERROD, Natasha(5) and GROSS, Rebekka.
Win-DARNELL, Summer(3-11) Loss-COOK, Alex(6-12) T-2:08 A-375
Weather: partly cloudy, upper 80s

Gardner-Webb 2, Presbyterian 0 (Apr 29, 2017 at Clinton, S.C.) (Game 2)
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Gardner-Webb........ 000 020 0 - 2 5 0 (16-34, 8-13)
Presbyterian........ 000 000 0 - 0 6 0 (18-32, 7-14)
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Pitchers: Gardner-Webb - WARK, Ashley and CUMISKEY, Rachel. Presbyterian - BROWN, Katie;
COOK, Alex(6) and GROSS, Rebekka.
Win-WARK, Ashley(8-6) Loss-BROWN, Katie(7-13) T-1:33 A-275
Weather: Overcast