DECATUR, Ga. - The Agnes Scott College softball earned their third split in as many Great South Athletic Conference series, dropping Game 1 against Salem College, 6-1, before rebounding for a big sixth inning in Game 2, downing the Spirits, 7-3.
In Game 1, the Scotties (7-21, 3-3 GSAC) struggled offensively, as Lauryn Smith from Salem, the current GSAC Pitcher of the Week, pitched a three-hitter, allowing only one run, as the Spirits collected 14 hits off of Scottie starter Casey Arnold. The Scotties made good contact with the ball, as only two batters struck out in the contest, but Salem (15-11-2, 1-1 GSAC) played solid defense and committed no errors in the contest.
Game 2 was a closer affair, as the Scotties opened up a 2-0 lead through three innings off RBI singles by senior Megan Snipes in the 2nd inning, and senior Aimee Jennings in the third. The Spirits would respond in the top of the 4th inning, as Brittani Peterson lifted a pitch over the left field fence to bring the score even at 2-2. Both teams would plate a run in the fifth inning, bringing the score to 3-3 heading into the 6th inning. After a quick 1-2-3 inning for the Spirits at the plate, the senior class would lead the team to a 4-run sixth inning, as all six would bat in succession and help the Scotties explode offensively.
Snipes would start the scoring run by driving home Tamron Hampton, lacing a line drive at the feet of the Salem shortstop, putting the Scotties ahead by a run. Yaritza Encarnacion would draw a walk after 8 pitches, fighting off three potential strikeout pitches before Smith would throw a 3-2 pitch low across the plate for the walk. Another senior, Kat Riale, who also successfully threw out two steal attempts on the day, would step up to the plate and rip a single into left field, advancing the runners and loading the bases. Alyssa Millikin would follow that up with a double to left field which scored Snipes and Encarnacion, and Jennings would send the final run of the game home for the Scotties, hitting a sacrifice fly to right field, which scored Riale. The final batter of the game for the Scotties would be the remaining senior, Tiffany Cain, who struggled on the day offensively, but led the team defensively with 5 assists, including a diving catch to stifle a scoring opportunity in the sixth inning of Game 1.
"You couldn't have written a better story for the seniors in that second game," commented head coach Talya DiGirolamo, "and it shows you just how important this group of young women has been to this program. They really know how to come through in the clutch."
Holly Jones would get the complete game win for the Scotties, striking out 6 Salem batters. With the win in Game 2, all three of the permanent members of the GSAC are tied for first place, as every team is currently .500 on the season in the conference, with Wesleyan having split both of their series with the Scotties. The Scotties travel to Georgia Gwinnett on April 14 before traveling to Salem College on April 18 for their final conference series of the season.