Trojans Earn Conference Sweep Past BrevardMarch 13, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – With a strong gusting wind and a bright sun creating difficulties for the outfielders, the Anderson softball team recorded 22 hits, including nine for extra bases en route to earning its first South Atlantic Conference victories by sweeping Brevard, 13-3 and 9-1, Thursday afternoon at Smethers Field.
Anderson (21-5, 2-2 SAC) has won four of its last six and improved to 7-1 at home, while Brevard (7-16, 0-4 SAC) has suffered four straight setbacks.
Anderson 13, Brevard 3 (5 innings)
Junior pitcher Bailey Smith helped her own cause in the circle by recording two hits and a single, including her fourth home run of the season in the decisive third inning. Junior Daniele Swygert was 2-for-2 with four RBI and scored once, while blasting her fourth homer of the season. Sophomore Bri Cason was 2-for-3 with a double and a single and crossed the plate once. Sophomore Jessica Neidigh had two hits and a walk and scored three times. Freshman Molly Child was 1-for-2, with a three-run homer in the third inning. Freshman Rachel Rhodes recorded a single and drove in two runs, while scoring once. Junior Laura Jansky was 1-for-3 with her third home run of the season – a three-run blast to left-center in the first inning.
Smith (9-3) earned her 12th complete game of the season by surrendering three earned runs off seven hits over five full innings. The right-hander struck out three and did not walk a batter. Freshman hurler Jamie Hrobak (4-7) lasted 1/3 of an inning, and was tagged with the loss after surrendering four earned runs on just one hit but walked four Trojans and did not record a strikeout. Senior Kayla Clemons tossed 3 2/3 innings in relief, giving up nine earned runs off 11 hits, while notching three strikeouts and walking two.
Hrrobak encountered control issues in the first inning, walking the bases loaded and Swygert delivered a sacrifice fly to left to plate Neidigh with the first run of the game. Jansky followed with a three-run homer beyond the left-centerfield fence to push AU’s lead to 4-0 and provide Smith with all the support she would need.
The Tornados trimmed Anderson’s lead to just 4-3 in the second, with Corrine Stiles and Alyssa Miller each recording run-scoring doubles.
Neidigh tripled with one out in the second frame and crossed the plate on Swygert’s two-out single to left and the Trojans broke the game open by erupting for seven runs and sending 10 batters to the plate in the third inning. Molly Child, Swygert and Smith all homered during the outburst.
Anderson added a solo run in the fourth to set the final score.
Anderson 9, Brevard 1 (5 innings)
Abby Child drove in four runs with a second-inning grand slam and also recorded a walk, while Jansky ripped her second three-run homer of the afternoon in the first inning. Swygert added a pair of singles and a walk, while scoring twice. Neidigh was 2-for-4 in the nightcap, with an RBI-double and a single.
Junior pitcher Lauren Bell (12-2) narrowly missed a no-hitter, surrendering just a lead-off single to start the game, while striking out one Tornado.
Jansky again provided power at the plate, following Abby Child’s two-out walk and Swygert’s opposite-field hit down the left-field line with another three-run homer in the bottom of the first.
Abby Child lined a two-out shot over the fence in right field with the bases loaded to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.
The Tornados spoiled the shutout with an unearned run in the third, while AU countered with single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Anderson will get back on the diamond Saturday, with a league doubleheader at Catawba. First-pitch versus the Indians is scheduled for 1 p.m.