WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Agnes Scott College softball team rallied from behind in Game 1 before a dominating pitching performance in Game 2 led to a sweep of Great South Athletic Conference rival, Salem College, winning 6-4 and 3-1, respectively.
Aimee Jennings and Tiffany Cain both had two RBIs in Game 1, and Holly Jones pitched 5 innings of one-hit relief, as the Scotties (9-23, 5-3 GSAC) rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth inning to shock the Spirits (15-14-2, 1-4 GSAC). The Scotties jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Salem responded with two of their own in the bottom of the 1st and the bottom of the 2nd to take a 4-2 lead. Four straight hits by the Scotties' 2 through 5 batters, plus a SAC by Casey Arnold would lead to 4 runs for the Scotties, and Jones held off any chance of a rally by the Spirits.
"Holly Jones led the team from the mound today," indicated head coach Talya DiGirolamo, "She did a great job of keeping the batters off-balance."
In the second game, Jones would once again pick up the win for the Scotties, pitching a complete game four-hitter, allowing only one run. Offensively, Tamron Hampton surprised the Spirits with two hits and two stolen bases, including opening the 3rd inning with her third hit of the season, helping the Scotties put two runs on the board. Alyssa Millikin continued her strong performance on the day, going 2-for-3 for the Scotties.
"The team came out ready to play today," continued Coach DiGirolamo, "Everyone contributed to the wins today. It's great to feel the success of hard work."
With the victories, the Scotties move 1/2 game ahead of second-place Wesleyan College (13-18, 3-2 GSAC). The Scotties await the result of tomorrow's triple-header between Wesleyan and Salem to determine the regular season champion in the conference. If Salem takes at least two games from the Wolves, the Scotties will lay claim to sole possession of the regular-season crown. A 2-1 series win for the Wolves would leave a tie at the top spot, and a Wolves sweep would give them sole possession of the regular-season championship.
The Scotties will host Huntingdon College on Wednesday, April 22, before heading to Wesleyan College for the GSAC Conference Tournament on April 24. Brackets will be announced early in the week.