RALEIGH, N.C. – For the first time since 2012, the Shaw University women's softball team split with cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Worthdale Park. The Lady Bears fell 13-5 in game one but rallied in the fourth inning of game two to take a 8-6 victory in the nightcap.
With the split, Shaw stands 10-14 overall, 8-4 in the CIAA and 4-2 in the South while SAU (12-8, 9-3 CIAA) remains atop in the South with a 5-1 record this season. Additionally, the Lady Bears continue to fight as its hopes for a spot in the 2018 CIAA Tournament which Shaw has not competed in since 2011 are still alive.
In game one, SAU took a 2-0 lead over Shaw after two complete innings. The Lady Falcons added two more runs in the top of the third before the Lady Bears finally got on the scoreboard on a double from junior Christine Ngeve (Greensboro, NC) allowing sophomore Amanda Ortiz (Tucson, AZ) to score and trim at the Lady Falcons lead 4-1 in the third inning.
SAU would then go on to score two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth despite the Lady Bears effort to tally four runs in the bottom fifth with the score in favor of the Lady Falcons, 9-5. In the top of the sixth, SAU produced four runs off of three hits to run away with a 13-5 lead that Shaw would not be able to overcome.
Ngeve led the way for Shaw, going 3-of-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Senior Sheniqua Fahie (British Virgin Island) suffered the loss, allowing 11 hits, walking six and striking out one.
With a 3-0 deficit to start the second game, the Lady Bears found life in the bottom of the fourth when senior Brittany Kline (Choctaw Beach, FL) singled to left field, bringing home two runners to pull Shaw within 3-2. Senior Tori Hale (Moreno Valley, CA) then doubled to right field which allowed Kline to score, knotting the game at 3-3.
A huge momentum shift for Shaw blossomed after a triple from sophomore Taija Bailey (Greensboro, NC) provided three RBIs as Shaw ended the inning with a 6-3 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Shaw added two more to the scoreboard and held the Lady Falcons scoreless in two-straight innings but SAU orchestrated three hits, including a triple from Jasmine Rio that cut the Lady Bears lead 8-6 but a line drive to second base prevailed Shaw to the 8-6 victory.
Both Kline and Hale finished 2-3 at the plate as Kline recorded two RBI and one run while Hale registered an RBI and one run scored. Ortiz gathered her second win of the season in seven innings of work in the circle.
The Lady Bears will return to action on Friday, Apr. 21 with a home contest against Fayetteville State at Worthdale Park. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
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