Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College softball team will play a pair of mid-week doubleheaders against non-conference opponents on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Blue Hose will hit the road to play South Carolina State on Tuesday. The first game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. There will be no live stats for this game. PC returns home on Wednesday to play two against Western Carolina. This will be the first time that the team has played at home since February 10.
Both contests against the Catamounts will be streamed live on ESPN+. The links for the streams and the live stats can be found below:
Game 1 – 2:00 p.m.
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2CpX1Lb
Game 2 – 4:00 p.m.
Live Stats: https://bit.ly/2U1nx81
PC is now 7-19-2 on the season after opening Big South play last weekend at USC Upstate. Ansley Wilbanks leads the Blue Hose with 32 hits, 13 RBI, and a .360 batting average. Her 32 hits are tied for sixth most in the conference. Chelsea Lyons tops the team with a .475 on-base percentage, fourth highest in the Big South, and has drawn a team-high 15 walks. Jonnie Petree has scored a team leading 17 runs on the year and stolen 14 bases to go along with her 25 hits on the season. Kiley Kross, Courtney White, Macy Hyatt, Casey Gerhard, and Alyssa Batastini are all tied for second on the team in runs batted in with nine.
Batastini has pitched 96.1 innings in her 21 appearances (18 starts) in the circle for the Blue Hose this season. She ranks first in the conference in starts and second in appearances and innings pitched. The redshirt junior has tallied five wins on the season a 4.36 ERA and a .270 batting average against. Her seven complete games tie her for fourth most in the Big South. Taylor Ward has made 18 appearances, fifth most in the conference, and 10 starts for PC. The freshman has earned two wins over her 46 innings of work and currently holds a 6.54 ERA.
South Carolina State is 0-17 to begin the 2019 season. They have faced a pair of opponents from the Big South, Gardner-Webb and Hampton. The Lady Bulldogs fell to Gardner-Webb 10-0, twice, and were upended by Hampton 13-2 and 8-0.
Western Carolina has started the year with a 9-11 record. The Catamounts played a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara last Tuesday, splitting the pair of games with Gauchos. This came after playing in the Loyola Marymount Tournament in Los Angeles the weekend prior and picking up a victory over the host Lions. Western Carolina is batting .224 through their first 20 games of the season and holds a 4.88 team ERA.