NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.  The Shaw University softball team split their last two games of the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic on Tuesday, Mar. 13, defeating Cazenovia (8-5) and then falling 7-5 in seven innings to Rutgers-Camden.


Shaw 8, Cazenovia 5

The Lady Bears (2-10) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, ignited by a triple from junior catcher/outfielder Kiana Rogers (Fort Atkinson, WI) who brought home junior shortstop Christine Ngeve (Greensboro, NC) and senior pitcher/outfielder Sheniqua Fahie (British Virgin Islands). A double from CC's Mckenzie Harris and a single from Laura Matekovic tied the contest at 2-2 in the top of the third inning.


With the hot bat, Rogers would hit a double in the bottom of the fifth to notch two more to the Lady Bears lead (4-2). Cazenovia score three runs in the top of the sixth but Shaw rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth that capped off the team's second win of the season.


Rogers led the attack, going 2-for-4 with career-high four RBI. Ngeve add two hits and scored twice. Senior pitcher Frances Perry (Burlington, NJ) picked up her first win of the season, working seven innings and allowing eight hits, five walks and four earned runs while striking out two batters.


Shaw 5, Rutgers-Camden 7

After two innings of play and no score for neither team, the Lady Bears would tally one run in the bottom of the third inning on a fielder's choice that led to senior second baseman Brittany Kline (Choctaw Beach, FL) scoring to give Shaw a 1-0 lead. The Lady Bears added one more in the bottom of the fourth before Rutgers-Camden scored on a single from Nina Arroyo that led to a tie game at 2-2 at the top of the fifth.


The Lady Bears responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, aided by a two-run triple from Ngeve who completed her trip around the bases on a throwing error from Scarlet Raptors.


Rutgers-Camden cut the Lady Bears lead to 5-4 in the top of the sixth when the Scarlet Raptors scored two runs unearned. Shaw went scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, while Gabrielle Castenllini tripled to center field to bring home two teammates, giving RC the 6-5 edge before adding one more run capped off by a single to right field from Rachel Edwards to defeat Shaw 7-5.


Four different Lady Bears tallied a hit in the contest led by Ngeve who went 1-for-4 at the plate and two RBI. Sophomore pitcher Amanda Ortiz (Tuscan, AZ) suffered the loss in the circle. She allowed nine hits, seven runs and walked three.


The Lady Bears will compete again at the CIAA Softball Round-Up hosted by Elizabeth City State on Friday, Mar. 15 through Sunday, Mar. 17.


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