LIVINGSTONE, NC – The Shaw University women's softball opened the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division play with two road wins (16-1, 15-0) over Livingstone College on Saturday at the Jaycee-Optimist Sports Complex.
With the win, the Lady Bears (8-23, 3-5 CIAA) post a 2-0 record in the division, while the Lady Blue Bears (5-18, 1-11 CIAA) are 0-6 in the division standings.
Shaw led 10-1 after four innings complete in the first game, the Lady Bears exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth. Marie Goodman (Willingboro, NJ) singled and advanced to second, following a single from Frances Perry (Hamilton, NJ) that brought Goodman home. Three batters later, Zahrea Lewis (Savannah, GA) collected an RBI after a single that allowed Brittany Kline (Choctaw, FL) to score. The Lady Bears added two more runs in the inning to take the 16-1 win.
Lewis was 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored.
Perry got the win for SU, her third of the year. She allowed two hits, one run and struck out four in five innings pitched.
In game two, the Lady Bears picked up where they left off with a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Shaw tacked on six runs in the top of the second, followed by three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth inning for the run-rule victory.
Chakiryn Jackson (Goochland, VA) was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI for the Lady Bears and Perry picked up the win in the circle.
Shaw looks to carry its winning momentum into Sunday's action at Johnson C. Smith University for another Southern Division doubleheader slated for 1 p.m.
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