RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University softball team dropped a pair of games at Saint Augustine's University on Tuesday afternoon, falling 3-1 and 6-5 in a doubleheader series moved from Apr. 6 at Lions Park.
The Lady Bears (3-17, 3-11 CIAA) were responsible for just one hit in the games first contest but in the nightcap, freshman Victoria Ortiz (Tucson, AZ) led the offense going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. As a team, Shaw registered eight hits and three RBI in game two.
The losses ties Shaw and Saint Augustine's in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division standings as both teams are now 2-4 – currently fourth place in the South.
Shaw trailed 2-0 after four complete innings but in the top of the fifth, the Lady Bears finally got on the scoreboard on a single from freshman Joan Wendt (Jacksonville, NC) to advance junior Karla Sosa (Brownsville, TX) home.
With a 2-1 deficit in the fifth, the Lady Falcons capitalized on a Shaw miscue as SAU (3-15, 3-9 CIAA) scored on a passed ball to go ahead 3-1. Over the next two innings, the Lady Bears would go three and out to fall in game one.
Wendt went 1-for-2 with the Lady Bears lone RBI. She also suffered the loss in the circle (3-16), allowing seven hits and walking four.
In game two, Shaw jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning thanks to an error by the Lady Falcons and a single from senior Alex Masnica (Chicago, IL). After a single from Ortiz, the Lady Bears added one run in the second to take a 3-0 stand but SAU scored a run on two hits in the bottom to close the gap to 3-1.
Although SU tacked on two more runs in the top of third inning, the Lady Falcons scored four runs on five hits to tie the game at 5-5 ignited by a triple from Gia Minnis.
With a chance to take a lead, the Lady Bears could not find the offensive stretch they were hoping to get as Shaw recorded one hit while leaving two runners left on base in the top of the seventh. A double from Makayla August was followed up with another double from Tatyana Hall, which would solidify the walk-off 6-5 win for SAU over Shaw.
Wendt (3-17) suffered the loss in game two, allowing nine hits, walking three and striking out one batter.
Shaw will travel to Fayetteville State University Wednesday, Apr. 17 for a CIAA doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m. in Fayetteville, N.C.
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