Montreat, NC- The St. Andrews University softball team swept Montreat College for their first AAC wins of the season Sunday afternoon as they won two one-run games 4-3 and 1-0.
Sophomore 2B Kelsey Lee led SAU in both games with 4 hits and 2 RBIs while sophomore pitcher Jessie Wiegers pitched a shutout of the Cavaliers in game 2 to win her fourth game of the season and lower her team-leading ERA to 3.43.
Freshman pitcher Corinne Eosso (4-8) was able to pitch another quality start to get the win in game 1 as she threw 7 innings, giving up 6 hits and 3 runs with 4 strikeouts while the Lady Knights offense came to life with 12 hits. SAU's top of the order led the attack as the 4 hitters combined to go 9 for 16 (.562) led by 3 for 4 days from Lee and fellow sophomore Jenn George while senior CF Vanessa Giacomin and junior Kim Baird each contributed an RBI apiece in the win.
Left fielder Jenny Castanon also went 2 for 2 and even Eosso helped her own cause by getting a hit. Giacomin had the only extra base hit for the Knights as her double helped bring in a run in the big three-run third inning. St. Andrews also stole 5 bases as Castanon, George, Lee and 2 from Mary Cross were able to add to SAU's team total of 75 for the season. Cross now leads the team with 16 as well.
It was all about Wiegers and Lee in game 2 as they provided everything the Knights needed for the win as Wiegers threw 7 shutout innings giving up 8 hits and striking out 5 while Lee drove in the only run with a gap shot in the 6th inning driving in Giacomin who reached via walk.
The Lady Knights defense did the rest as they played great behind Wiegers. Lee and Eosso also both made unassisted double plays in each game as the team effort led to big wins over Montreat (2-10, 0-4).
Lee has now gone 7 for her last 9 to bump her average back above .300 again while also continuing to lead in RBIs with 13 and hits with 28.
St. Andrews improves to 2-6 in the conference with the victories and 11-20 overall and will now travel to Dayton, Tenn. to challenge AAC opponent Bryan College on Saturday at 3 pm. Their DH in Raleigh to face St. Augustine's College on Wednesday has been postponed and changed to April 13.