ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – The Shaw University softball team got off to a sluggish start that carried on throughout day two of the 2019 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Round-Up at the South Park Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon. The Lady Bears fell 16-8 to Bowie State in the opening contest before dropping games against Virginia State (15-2) and Virginia Union (11-2).
The Lady Bears (0-6, 0-4 CIAA) will wrap up the round-up with a 12:15 p.m. game Sunday (Mar. 17) against Lincoln (Pa.) and Chowan at 4:45 p.m.
Shaw came back from a six-point deficit to tie the contest at 8-8 with the Bulldogs of BSU after plating six runs in the top of the fourth sparked by a double from senior Alex Masnica (Chicago, IL), single from freshman Timia Thompson (Richmond, VA) and a single from freshman Joan Wendt (Jacksonville, NC).
Bowie State was able to score four runs including a home run from Sierra Sims in the bottom fourth before securing one run in the fifth and three in the sixth while holding the Lady Bears scoreless for the win.
Senior Kiana Rogers (Fort Atkinson, WI) went 3-of-4 from the plate with two RBI's and one run.
Shaw played Virginia State immediately after its opening contest, so a tired Lady Bears team surrendered three runs in the second before VSU ballooned to a 10-0 lead after three complete innings. SU gathered two runs in the bottom of the 4th on two walks from the Trojans pitcher but then VSU added five more runs to come away with the win in five innings.
In the day's nightcap, Shaw took 2-0 lead thanks to a home run from senior Taija Bailey (Greensboro, NC) – her second of the season but that would be the only time Shaw would score as the Lady Panthers score three in the first inning and then four runs in both the second and third inning to earn the five-inning run rule over Shaw.
Freshman Victoria Ortiz (Tucsan, AZ) paced Shaw with two hits and one run score against VUU. Wendt pitched all three games for the Lady Bears and although she suffered the three losses on the mound, she showed fight and heart with Shaw having just one pitcher available for the weekend.
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