Spring in their step
PC Softball Splits Pair to End Weekend (Feb. 11-13)
The Presbyterian College softball team wrapped up the Blue Hose Invitational Sunday splitting their two games, falling to Northern Kentucky in the opener and defeating South Carolina State in the evening.
Game 1 – Northern Kentucky
Jenna Greene started in the circle for the Blue Hose working her way out of trouble in the 1st inning and breezed past the Norse in the 2nd. PC opened the scoring in the 2nd with an infield single from Layna Johnson. Morgan Hess was already on second after a double and she advanced to third after Jaiden Tweed reached on a dropped third strike. Jersey Silver then ripped a ball to left field to score Tweed and Johnson as PC went up 3-0. The Norse would get on the board in the 3rd as a couple walks and a base hit provided the tally. The score would hold until the top of the 7th where Northern Kentucky would place a six spot to grab a 7-3 lead. The late rally was too much for the Blue Hose as they couldn’t create a rally of their own.
Game 2 – South Carolina State
Morgan Hess got the start in game two as she went 1-2-3 in the top of the 1st. PC started right out of the gates as Jillian Hewes drove in a run once leadoff batter Jersey Silver reached third. Kaitlyn Tucker then made her way to third and scored on a wild pitch to give the Blue Hose a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs struck with a solo homerun in the 2nd, but Presbyterian got the run right back as Rebecca Clark smashed one over the center field fence. PC added a run in the bottom of the 4th with Lath Freeman driving in Bailey Watkins with a single to left. Presbyterian wasn’t done in the game quite yet as in the bottom of the 5th they plated two more with Hess scoring on a deep pop out, and Clark crossing the plate from a Silver liner up the middle. Hess held South Carolina State in the top of the 6th and the game was called to darkness after that.
· Morgan Hess notched her first collegiate win with a 6-1 win over South Carolina State.
· Jersey Silver went 4-7 on the day with three RBIs and one run scored.
· Rebecca Clark recorded PC’s first home run of the year.
· Hess and Greene struck out a combined 16 batters between the two games.
Presbyterian Drops Pair at Blue Hose Invitational
The Presbyterian College softball team (0-2) dropped a pair of games on the first day of the Blue Hose Invitational Friday, falling 2-0 to Tennessee Tech (2-0) and 7-3 to Northern Kentucky (1-1).
- Jillian Hewes and Jersey Silver paced the Blue Hose with two hits for the day.
- Lath Freeman and Jaiden Tweed also recorded hits.
- In game one against Tennessee Tech, Jenna Greene tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts and only one walk. She allowed two unearned runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME ONE AGAINST TENNESSEE TECH
A Presbyterian error allowed a runner to reach base in the sixth inning. Then Tennessee Tech connected on a two-run home run over the leftfield wall with two outs in the inning for the game’s only two runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN GAME TWO AGAINST NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Northern Kentucky scored the game’s first run on a solo home run over the leftfield wall in the first inning.
The Blue Hose answered with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first. Silver led off the inning with a single to leftfield. She stole second. Then Kaitlyn Tucker reached base on a walk. Silver and Tucker each advanced a base on a double steal. Freeman connected on a single to leftfield scoring Silver. With the bases loaded, Tweed singled to centerfield scoring Tucker with the second run of the inning. Morgan Hess’s sacrifice fly to leftfield scored Freeman with the inning’s third run.
Northern Kentucky cut Presbyterian’s lead in half with a run in the fifth inning.
In the sixth inning, Northern Kentucky scored five runs on six hits to conclude the game’s scoring. - Photos by Vic MacDonald