Scotties Exorcise Spirits, 11-5, Advance to Final

Scotties Exorcise Spirits, 11-5, Advance to Final

MACON, Ga. - The Agnes Scott College softball team upset top-seeded Salem College (24-14, 8-2 GSAC) in the winner's bracket final at the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament, advancing to the championship, where the winner of Salem and Wesleyan, which will be played at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, would have to defeat the Scotties (9-27, 4-6 GSAC) twice to win the championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.  

A big first inning for the Scotties was the difference-maker in the contest, as the Scotties belted 6 hits off of Salem starter Lauryn Smith, who lasted only 0.1 innings before giving way to Brianna Morris. DeAnna Fulton started off the inning by walking, and seven different Scotties had singles in the inning before a double play by the Spirits ended the run of the Scotties in the first.

Casey Arnold took the mound for the Scotties, picking up the win after working the first inning, allowing 2 earned runs on 2 hits.  Kayla Quesenberry and Molly Baker each pitched three innings of relief, holding the Spirits to 6 hits and only 2 runs for the rest of the game.

Several Scotties had outstanding performances at the plate, led by Alex Garcia, who was 4-for-4 on the day, and gathered 3 RBIs.  Kristin Root and Kelsea Hunter had three hits apiece, and Jordan Josey, Jordyn Portis and Jessica Costero each belted two hits, as the Scotties finished with 19 hits, which is a season-high.

The consolation final takes place at 9:0 a.m., with the winner advancing to an 11:30 a.m. contest against the Scotties.  Should the Scotties lose that game, a winner-takes-all final game will be played immediately following the first contest.