CLERMONT, Fla. - On day one of their trip to Florida, the Agnes Scott College softball team received a strong performance on the mound from Molly Baker, and the Scotties (3-13) finished with a 1-3 record over two days of play during The Spring Games, held in Clermont, Fla.
In Game 1 on Wednesday, March 16, against Stevenson (1-7), Baker picked up the win after going 6.1 innings, giving up just 6 hits and striking out 4. She also contributed at the plate, with her ground out to second base, which led to Nicole Gilkeson score what would turn out to be the winning run. Gilkeson came on in relief in the 7th inning on the mound as well, pitching 0.2 innings to preserve the win.
DeAnna Fulton finished 2-for-4 from the plate, and Kristin Root had a flawless day at the plate, walking twice and going 1-for-1 with a single. She also had an RBI when she was walked with bases loaded.
In Game 2, against Amherst (6-1), the Scotties went into the 6th inning with a 2-0 lead, after a strong pitching performance once again, this time from senior Casey Arnold. Through five innings she had allowed only three hits, but Amherst would get on the board in the 6th, garnering three hits to even the score at 2-2. In the seventh inning, Kayla Quesenberry would relieve Arnold and suffer the loss, after giving up three runs in the top of the seventh, as the Scotties fell, 5-2.
On Thursday, the Scotties would once again take the field, as they matched up with Frostburg State and McDaniel. In both games, the Scotties would struggle offensively, as Frostburg State took out the Scotties, 6-1, before McDaniel outscored the Scotties by 9-1 in five innings.
Against Frostburg State, Arnold once again took the mound for the Scotties, and had a solid performance through 5 innings as the teams remained locked at 1-1. However, in the sixth inning, Frostburg State would explode for five runs to put the game out of reach. The opposing pitcher, Hannah Tavik, pitched a no-hitter, as the Scotties only run would come on a sacrifice fly by Arnold, which scored Deanna Fulton, who had walked earlier in the first inning.
In their final contest, Baker pitched four innings and was charged with three runs, before Gilkeson came on in relief in the 5th inning, and McDaniel (6-7) would secure six hits and a walk to "run rule" the game after 5 innings. The Scotties lone run came in the second inning as Kelsea Hunter tripled to drive in Jordyn Josey.
The Scotties will return to play at home on March 23 against Georgia Gwinnett. The double header is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.at Oakhurst Park in Decatur.