YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Shaw University softball fell twice to Young Harris College Saturday afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader at the E.D. Rivers Field, day one of the Young Harris Tournament. The Lady Bears suffered a 14-0 defeat in game one and 12-1 setback during game two.
With the losses, Shaw falls to 3-12 overall while YHC improves to 15-3 on the season.
The Mountain Lions scored six runs through the first two innings and never looked back before plating eight runs in the fourth inning. The Lady Bears struggled offensively, unable to tally a hit in the opener as seven Shaw players struck out at the plate.
Sophomore McKenzie LaCount (Red Hill, GA) absorbed the loss, pitching four innings with 14 runs on 13 hits, giving up two home runs and striking out two batters.
Facing a 11-0 deficit that featured five unearned in game two, the Lady Bears finally scored its first run of the day when junior Marisa Richardson (Jacksonville, FL) reached base on a hit by pitch. The following play, Richardson scored on an error by the Mountain Lions but that would be only run Shaw would account for the remainder of the contest as YHC plated one more run in the bottom fourth, cruising to the 12-1 frame over Shaw.
LaCount accounted for the loss in four innings, allowing 10 hits, 12 runs and three home runs. The setbacks dip her overall record to 3-12 as the Lady Bears lone pitcher
Shaw will close out the tournament with a pair of games against Georgia College on Sunday, Mar. 8 beginning at 10 a.m.
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