RALEIGH, NC – The Shaw University softball team split a doubleheader Sunday afternoon with Saint Andrews, losing the first game 7-0 but winning 4-3 in the second game. The Lady Bears are now 3-15 on the years, while the Knights post a 5-20 record on the season.
In game one, both teams went scoreless over three innings until the top of the fourth when Kaelin Packer reached base on an error which resulted in a run for Kori Ballard after she was walked to lead the Knights off offensively.
Shaw would fail to match SAU in the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Knights plated one more run in the fifth to give SAU a 2-0 lead but things really got hot for them in the top of the sixth as the Lady Bears allowed the visiting Lady Knights to score five runs in the inning sparked by a single to left field from Packer that would bring Ballard home.
The Lady Bears would not overcome the large run as they went scoreless to fall 7-0 in game one. Frances Perry (Hamilton, NJ) took the loss on the mound. She allowed eight hits, seven runs, with four runs and four strike outs.
Things started a little different for Shaw in game two as the Lady Bears was able to score in the first inning off a single to left field from Ngeve that brought runner Kline home after she was reached base on an error to lead SU off.
Neither teams scored in the second and third inning, however, the Lady Bears tallied two runs in the fourth led by a single from Kline that plated Ashton Brown (Mocksville, NC) and Julia Slade (Greensboro, NC) to home plate.
Just as the momentum seemed to be in favor of the Lady Bears, SAU managed to claw its way back in the top of the fifth to score three runs in the inning.
With the game tied at 3-all, Shaw answered back in the bottom of the fifth with a run from Ngeve to give the Lady Bears the lead again and this time for good. SU's defensive rally in the top of the seventh would prevail the Lady Bears to the victory off. Chynna Gross (Orange Park, FL) would be credited with the win in the circle after allowing four hits, three runs, four walks and one strike out.
The Lady Bears will look to carry this winning momentum into the CIAA Softball Round-Up on March 18 hosted by Shaw University at Walnut Creek. Shaw will take on Virginia State Friday at 2 p.m. before facing Lincoln at 4:30 p.m.
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