Orangeburg, S.C. – The Presbyterian College softball team swept its Tuesday doubleheader at South Carolina State. The Blue Hose earned an 11-1 victory in game one and followed that with a 12-1 triumph in the second half of the twinbill. PC is now 9-19-2 on the season.
The Blue Hose offense came alive against the Lady Bulldogs, scoring 23 runs on 24 hits while stealing 14 bases, seven in each game. PC pitching followed suit and allowed only a pair of runs on a combined five hits allowed and zero walks.
The runs came early and often for the Blue Hose, beginning in the first inning of the opening contest of the doubleheader. Jonnie Petree reached base on an infield single, swiped second and third, and then scored on a wild pitch. Ansley Wilbanks took her base on a walk and then also stole second and third, but she scored on a Chelsea Lyons single. Lyons would cross the plate on a Casey Gerhard base knock.
Lyons collected her second RBI of the day when she drove in Wilbanks with another RBI single in the top of the next frame. Wilbanks advanced to scoring position with her third stolen base of the game.
In the fourth inning, the Blue Hose were able to put together a two-out rally, aided by an error, and put across four runs. Wilbanks and Kross each drove in runs with singles in the inning. PC followed that in the fifth inning with three more runs. Katelyn Petty and Lindsay Harris each picked up RBIs in the final frame.
Alyssa Batastini earned her sixth win of the season in game one. She allowed just three hits and gave up only one run. She eclipsed the 100-inning plateau on the afternoon and now holds a 4.21 ERA on the year. The redshirt junior now has eight complete games this season.
Taylor Ward got the start in the circle for the Blue Hose in the second game of the day. The freshman tallied a season and career-high seven strikeouts in her third win of the year. Ward allowed just one run on only a pair of hits. Her ERA now sits at 5.92.
The Blue Hose once again scored three runs in the first inning later in the afternoon. Lyons plated Wilbanks with a single and later scored on a fielding error. Kross scored on a wild pitch.
PC would score a run in both the second and third innings. Petree singled and then stole second to get into scoring position before scoring on a Wilbanks single in the second. Kross led off the top of the third inning with a rocket over the left-center field wall. The home run was the first of her career.
The offense put together its best performance in the final inning of play on Tuesday, scoring seven runs on six hits. The frame was highlighted by a Grace Wallace two-run double, and RBI singles by Madison DeGennaro and Petree.
The Blue Hose return to action tomorrow when they host Western Carolina for a doubleheader. Both games against the Catamounts will be streamed live on ESPN+. First pitch of the first game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.