Laurinburg, NC- The St. Andrews University softball team opened their home schedule today with a dominating doubleheader sweep of Concord College (WV) by scores of 5-4 and 9-1.
St. Andrews got off to a good start in game 1 as they got on the board first and then rode the arm of freshman pitcher Corinne Eosso as she pitched 7 strong innings giving up only 4 runs.
Concord's offense all came from catcher Alyssa Morris as she went 2 for 3 with 2 home runs providing all the offense for Concord. However SAU's big fourth inning was enough to propel them to their win after they put up 3 runs off doubles from freshman left fielder Jennifer Castanon and sophomore shortstop Mary Cross. They also added a very important insurance run in the sixth inning which gave SAU the 5-3 lead. Cross and senior 3B Whitney Hill led with 2 RBIS apiece while Amanda VanKleeck and Cross had multiple-hit games.
The top of the seventh became interesting as two runners got on base with just one out before Becca Gleason hit a two run single expecting to tie the game at 5. However, Concord was caught using an ineligible player due to her jersey number being wrong which negated one run and ultimately gave the Knights the 5-4 win. Eosso (1-1) picked up her first win of the season as well.
The Lady Knights also picked up 7 stolen bases in the game including 2 apiece from infielders Jen George and Hill.
SAU then came out and dominated game 2 as they won 9-1 in 6 innings to even their season record at 2-2. They were led by an outstanding pitching performance form Mary Cross (1-1) as she was able to strand 14 Mountain Lions on base as she only gave up 1 run on 3 strikeouts and 13 hits.
SAU was out hit 13-9 but were able to bring their runners home with some monster hits late in the game whereas Concord could not. After getting out to a 3-1 lead, the Knights put up a 4 spot in the fifth off doubles from sophomore Jessie Wiegers and senior Vanessa Giacomin. St. Andrews later scored 2 runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
The Lady Knights also received multiple RBI games from freshman Jenna King, Wiegers, and Giacomin. Van Kleeck also stole 3 bases.
Concord even made 6 costly errors in game 2 as SAU thoroughly dominated from start to finish.
SAU's good day at the field puts them at an even .500 winning percentage as the team will enjoy a week off until getting back into game action on the road at Coker College on Feb. 15 at 1 pm.