ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson University softball team claimed victory in the nightcap to avoid the doubleheader sweep versus nonconference opponent Limestone losing game 1, 4-3, and winning game 2, 1-0, on Thursday afternoon at Babe Ruth Field.
Limestone 4, Anderson 3
INSIDE THE BOX
Freshman Harlie Duncan (4-1) suffered her first loss of the season giving up six hits while striking out two. Of the four runs scored, one was only credited as being earned.
Limestone's Courtney Smith went the distance recording her second win of the season. Smith gave up nine hits while striking out six Trojan batters
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Saints took advantage of three Trojan errors that turned into a 3-0 advantage after four innings of play. Limestone tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fifth to claim a healthy 4-0 lead.
The Trojans would cut the deficit in half using back-to-back singles by Hamilton and Hagerty. Hamilton was able to score on a throwing error after sophomore's Ali Anderson's groundball to short with Hagerty scoring on freshman's Abi Webb's sacrifice fly.
Anderson's junior Kasey Grant's one out bunt single in the top of the seventh gave the Trojans a little spark. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Grant scored on senior Cailah Niles double to left center bringing the Black and Gold within one.
With two-outs and pinch runner Allison Oxner on second, Hamilton singled up the middle to move the tying run to third. Hagerty walked to load the bases with the comeback halted after an infield pop-fly to end the game.
GAME # 2
Anderson 1, Limestone 0
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Freshman Kayla Pepper (2-1) got the nod in game two for the Trojans pitching a seven inning dandy. Pepper allowed just three hits while striking out five Saints.
Limestone's Josie Weber (2-1) took the loss in the pitcher's duel giving up just four hits while striking out one.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The lone run of the game came in the top of the first inning. Anderson used three errors to push across the eventual game-winner.
AU's Pepper coupled with solid defense kept the Saints off balance in game two to hand Limestone its first loss of the season.
The Trojans return home to host nonconference opponent Johnson C. Smith on Friday. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 6 p.m.