(Raleigh, NC) – Shaw rode the backs of its two pitchers to victory in their doubleheader sweep of Saint Augustine's, just in very different ways.
In the first game, Shaw pitcher Detra Morrow gave up only two hits and held the Lady Falcons to only one run in the 14-1 victory.
In the second game, starting pitcher Aerial Sanders let her bat do the talking, going three for four, scoring three times, and driving in six to power Shaw to an 18-7 victory.
Other than a single and a double in the fourth inning, Morrow kept the Lady Falcons in the infield, or standing at the plate. No ball other than the hits went beyond the infield, and she struck out eight batters in the five-inning contest.
After watching Morrow strike out the side in the first, the Lady Bears, dressed in pink for a Think Pink game, took advantage of some Saint Augustine's errors, and a home run from Monica Grimmage to build a 6-0 lead in the first.
The Lady Bears scored at least two runs in each of the four innings – but only five of the 14 were earned. Grimmage's bat set the pace with a two for two performance, knocking in three and scoring three.
In the second game, the Lady Falcons drew blood early, racking up three runs in the top of the first. Sanders then shut Saint Augustine's down – facing only three batters in both the second and the third inning. When the Lady Falcons found the scoreboard in the fourth, they were down 14-3, in large part due to Sanders' performance at the plate.
After scoring an unearned run in the first, the Lady Bears came to the plate in the bottom of the second down 3-1. Saint Augustine's pitcher Brittney Jones struggled with control, walking the leadoff hitter, getting a pop fly to first, then hitting two batters in succession to load the bases with one out.
Sanders drove a ball over the fence in left field for the grand slam, giving the Lady Bears the 5-3 lead. (Picture at right)
In the third, the Lady Bears took advantage of sloppy fielding and errant pitches to score nine runs – only four of which were earned. In that inning, Sanders singled into left to drive in two more runs. She would score on an error by the Saint Augustine's second baseman.
In the second game, Sanders was three for four with six RBI and three runs scored. Her line as a pitcher was somewhat less impressive – but still good enough for the win – five innings pitched, giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned. She struck out seven and walked six.
The two losses put Saint Augustine's record at 1-19 on the season, and leave them winless in nine games in the CIAA.
The two wins all but ensure Shaw a spot in the CIAA Softball Championship Tournament. Shaw is 9-19 on the season, but 9-5 in the CIAA. They next take on Fayetteville State in a doubleheader that will go a long way to determining seeding in the tournament. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Walnut Creek Softball complex at 1201 Sunnybrook Drive in Raleigh.