Laurinburg, NC- The St. Andrews University softball team ended up falling 12-5 to the West Liberty State University Hilltoppers on a blustery day at Knights Field Wednesday afternoon.
The single game featured 12 walks between both teams and a combined 17 runs as the Hilltoppers made the most of their short stop in Laurinburg on their way down south for spring break. The game which was actually added to the Knight's schedule this morning featured a WLSU pitcher that could not find her strike zone in the first inning as she ended up walking the bases loaded before walking in a run.
The Lady Knights got off to a quick 5-0 lead off of two-run singles from junior LF Kim Baird and senior catcher Amanda VanKleeck. However, Knights freshman starter Corinne Eosso was not able to hold the lead as she gave four of them back the next inning as WLSU's offense started to get rolling.
The Hilltoppers (1-2) were led by Maggie Starr's three hit day and Taylor Zeiger's 4 RBIs while six different players recorded multiple hits today. West Liberty used three pitchers in the first inning to try to get SAU out and once they put Sara Emerich in to pitch she was able to shut the Lady Knights down as she only allowed 2 hits the rest of the way with no runs and 5 strikeouts.
SAU was led by sophomore 1B Jenn George's 2 for 3 day where she extended her team-leading average to .356 and collected her 7th stolen base. Sophomore Mary Cross and Vankleeck also stole their team leading 11th bases of the season in the defeat.
Senior pitcher Whitney Hill (2-1) then relieved Eosso in the third and after holding them to just one run thru two innings, she could not get them out in the fifth as she gave up 4 runs to earn her 1st loss of the year.
St. Andrews falls to 7-12 with the loss and will now prepare for conference play as they will host back-to-back AAC opponents this weekend starting with Tennessee Wesleyan in a doubleheader on Friday at 12 pm followed by a date with Reinhardt University at 2 pm Saturday.