RALEIGH, N.C.  – The Shaw University softball team showed fight in an 11-3 setback to Concord to conclude the 2016 Softball Challenge held at Walnut Creek Softball Complex hosted by the Lady Bears.


Both teams scored one run in the first inning and would be tied at 1-1 in the second inning before Alyssa Morris got walked, followed by an error from Shaw to advance Aarron Ward home for Concord.


The Mountains Lions (7-2) would plate three more runs in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the third.


Shaw (2-11) tried to match Concord in the bottom with players on first and second and two outs but a fielder's choice would prevent the Lady Bears from scoring.


With the score still 5-1 in favor of the Mountain Loins in the fourth, the Lady Bears added one run after Frances Perry (Hamilton, NJ) singled to center field to bring home Chynna Gross (Orange Park, FL) and send Kiana Rogers (Fort Atkinson, WI) to third but that the next batter would pop out to left field to close out the inning.


The Lady Bears scored one more run in the sixth but that would not match Concord's four runs in the top of the sixth as the Mountain Lions was able to secure the win.


Despite the loss, Shaw tallied six hits on the day after a sluggish start the day before against Concord. Perry took the loss at the mound for Shaw. She allowed 13 hits, 11 runs, walking four and striking out two in seven innings pitched.


The Lady Bears will return to action on Wednesday, March 9 to host Mansfield University in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Worthdale Park.


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