ANDERSON, S.C-The Anderson University softball team dropped its regular season SAC doubleheader finale falling in game one, 9-4, while dropping the nightcap, 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at the AU Softball Complex.
Anderson drops to 31-15 overall and 11-9 in SAC play while Newberry improves to 30-18 overall and 11-9 in conference action.
Newberry 9, Anderson 4
Despite collecting 11 hits, the Trojans could not score enough runs to overcome Newberry's 11 hit, 9-run outing.
Anderson was able to tie the score at 2-2 after two innings of play. However the Wolves outscored the Black and Gold 7-2 over the final 5 innings of play.
Newberry's Alyssa Ball (12-10) coupled with great defensive plays earned her 12th win of the season. Ball gave up 11 hits, walked three while striking out six.
Newberry 4, Anderson 3
Newberry jumped out to a 4-0 lead through three innings of play before the Trojans answered back with two of their own.
In the bottom of the fourth, freshman Abi Webb ripped a two-out double scoring junior Kasey Grant. Sophomore Meghan Majeski's base hit down the left field lined pushed Webb across the plate for the second run of the game.
The Black and Gold didn't produce a baserunner in the sixth inning while senior Cailah Niles leadoff walk was wasted with the next three batters going down in order.
AU's freshman Harlie Duncan (14-4) suffered the loss giving up eight hits, three walks and striking out one.
The Wolves Chelsey Cunningham (6-1) gave up six hits and three earned runs before being lifted in favor of senior Emily Marchbanks. Marchbanks pitched a solid three innings picking up her second save of the season.
- Niles batted 3-for-5 with two singles, a double and two walks.
- Junior Breanna Hagerty was 2-for3 in game one with two singles and a run scored.
- Junior Kasey Grant batted 3-for-6 with three singles and a run scored.
- Sophomore Ali Anderson was 1-for-2 in game one.
- Majeski went 4-for-6 on the day with four singles and two runs scored and an RBI.
Anderson unofficially finished regular season play T-3rd in the SAC and will be seeded 5th after the tie-breakers. The SAC Championships are hosted by Anderson this season. The Trojans and No. 4 seeded Wingate will square off on Friday. First pitch of the single elimination game is slated for 10 a.m.