Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College softball team split a doubleheader against Western Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Hose defeated the Catamounts in the day’s second contest, 3-1, after falling 4-3 in the first game. PC is now 10-20-2 on the season.
Taylor Ward earned her fourth victory of the season on Wednesday. The freshman allowed only an unearned run on five hits in the complete game victory. Ward’s fifth complete game of the season helped lower her ERA to 5.22 on the season.
The Blue Hose bats tied the game at one in the fourth inning against Western Carolina. Courtney White singled to center field and was able to advance to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Alyssa Batastini. White would then be pinch ran for by Shircoria Bosket, who scored on a Lindsay Harris single straight back up the middle to even the score.
PC scored the winning runs in the next frame. Kiley Kross launched a double to left field that brought in Macy Hyatt from first base. Kross was able to advance to third on the throw into home plate. Casey Gerhard connected with a pitch and sent it down the third base line for a single to plate cross to give the Blue Hose a 3-1 lead for good.
Kross led the team with three hits in the game. Hyatt and White also recorded multi-hit games in the victory.
In the first game of the afternoon, the Catamounts jumped to an early 3-0 lead after two innings. The Blue Hose were able to bring the deficit down to one in the bottom of the fourth inning. Gerhard began the inning with a leadoff single and replaced by Bosket as a pinch runner. White then put a charge into one that landed just inside the right field line and was able to get to third for her first triple of the season, scoring Bosket. Presley Bissett sent White home with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Western Carolina responded with a run of their own in the top of the fifth, making the score 4-2. The Blue Hose rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning, highlighted by Batastini’s triple off the right-center field fence with one out. She would be driven home on a Wilbanks single back up the middle. Wilbanks would advance to second on a wild pitch, but was stranded and the Catamounts picked up the 4-3 win.
Batastini took the loss in the first game for PC. She allowed four runs on eight hits in her ninth complete game of the season.
The Blue Hose will return to Big South action this weekend with a three-game series against Hampton. PC will play a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. against the Lady Pirates on Saturday. That will be followed by a single game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.