Posted: Saturday, March 22nd 2014 at 8:43pm
No. 8 Lady Lions split with Meredith College
By staff reports
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Piedmont College softball team could not pick up its seventh sweep of the USA South regular season today as they split a pair at league member Meredith College on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Lions dropped the opener 8-7 before taking a 2-0 decision in game two to force a split as the team's program-record 18-game winning streak was snapped by the one run loss in game one earlier today.
In the opener, Meredith opened up a 4-0 lead scoring two in the first and another pair in the third as a two-run homer by Meredith's Amanda White started the day off wrong for PC. Despite the deficit, Piedmont quickly erased it with a four-spot in the top of the 4th as Lady Lion pitcher Jordin Ellingson tried to help her own cause with a RBI single to start the scoring in the middle inning flare-up.
Olivia Duncan scored on the Ellingson single as Duncan led off the inning with a triple down the right field line. Three batters later, Ellingson scored on a 2-RBI double to right by Abby Smith as the Lady Lions had climbed back capping off their four-run fourth with a Jessica Perschka RBI.
However, the sophomore found herself in trouble in the bottom of the 5th as Meredith loaded the bases for Lorri Cole who took an Ellingson pitch out of the park for a grand slam that handed the advantage back to Meredith, 8-5.
Down to their last chance at the plate after a scoreless 6th, Piedmont would plate two runs in the top of the 7th as a a bases loaded single by Ellingson brought Christine Mobley home to cut the deficit down to two with nobody out and the bags full of Lady Lions. A sac fly from Lauren Head two batters later allowed Olivia Duncan to come home making it just a one-run game with one out to work with for the visitors.
However, Meredith pitcher Amanda Beirne induced a pop up to short to end the Lady Lions' chance at a rally in the 7th and hand PC an 8-7 loss that snapped Piedmont's 18-game winning streak. With the one-run defeat, Piedmont drops a decision to a NCAA Division III member as well for the first time in 2014 as its previous two losses on the season were to NAIA member Brenau University.
Needing a win in game two to avoid the sweep, Piedmont would break a scoreless tie in the top of the 4th as a Jessica Perschka groundout to third allowed Abby Smith to cross the plate just before Duncan singled up the middle to drive in a run as well. Those two runs in the 4th would be enough for the Lady Lions in the encore as senior Brittney Head did the work in the circle tossing a complete game with no runs allowed as she gave up just three hits.
Head issued just one walk as well as she snapped a four-game stretch where she had not allowed a base on balls though she has only given up four walks in her last nine games pitched. The senior got the win on the mound to move to 9-1 on the season while Ellingson picked up the game one loss to fall to 14-2 as she gave up a career-high eight runs in the opening one-run loss.
Duncan led the way at the plate with her 5-of-7 day as she scored two runs and drove in another while also picking up a walk and a triple in the series. Ellingson went five for eight and led the team with her three RBIs on the day while she accounted for one of four extra-base hits on the day for PC.
The split puts PC at 23-3 on the season as the Lady Lions move to 13-1 in USA South action though the squad still holds the top spot in the league standings. The Lady Lions are two games up on second place Huntingdon College, a team which hosts PC on March 29th.
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