|Shue Guides UNCW To Split With GSU|
PANTHERSVILLE, Georgia – Junior KC Shue was 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead UNCW to a 4-2 victory over Georgia State in the nightcap of a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader Saturday at the Bob Heck Softball Complex. The Panthers won the opening contest by an 8-2 margin.
UNCW moved to 13-23 overall and 2-8 in league play with the doubleheader split while GSU saw its record shift to 26-16 and 6-5. The two teams will complete their three-game series Sunday with a single game slated for Noon.
In the nightcap, GSU built a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a RBI groundout by senior Brenna Morrissey and a two-out double by sophomore Ashley Christy before Shue tied the game at 2-all in the top of the third with a one-out single to left field that plated junior Morgan McCann and freshman Jordin Phillips.
Shue would put UNCW in front, 4-2, in the top of the fifth as she sent a 2-2 offering over the left field fence for her third home run of the season.
In the bottom of the seventh, a leadoff single allowed the Panthers to bring the tying run to the plate, but freshman Kayla Pine retired the next three batters in order to preserve the two-run victory.
Pine improved to 4-1 on the season as she pitched four shutout innings in relief, allowing just one runner to reach base. Shue finished with three hits and Phillips added two base knocks for the Seahawks, who tallied seven hits in the nightcap.
Freshman Katie Worley took the loss for the Panthers as she saw her record shift to 10-9 on the season. Worley surrendered four runs on six hits and three walks. Christy was 2-for-3 with a RBI while three players tallied one hit apiece for the Panthers in the game two.
Game one saw the Panthers take a 5-0 lead in the first inning as sophomore Callie Alford hit a grand slam and Coleman scored on a fielder’s choice to give GSU the early advantage.
Junior Morgan McCann got UNCW on the board in the top of the third, hitting a two-run home run to left field to cut the Seahawks deficit to 5-2.
Alford stretched the GSU advantage to 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth as she earned her fifth RBI of the contest by drawing a bases-loaded walk. The Panthers would add two more runs in the sixth on an infield single by senior Whitney Phillips and a RBI groundout by freshman Taylor Anderson to determine the final margin.
Alford finished the opener going 2-for-3 with five RBI to pace a Panthers lineup that finished with 13 hits in the contest. Phillips was 3-for-4 with two RBI while three other GSU players chipped two hits apiece.
Medlam picked up the win in the circle for the Panthers in game one to improve her season record to 14-5. Medlam allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in seven innings in the circle. She struck out seven.
Senior Lauryn Buckworth went 2-for-3 and McCann was 1-for-2 with two RBI to lead the Seahawks lineup in the opener. Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt took the loss for the Seahawks in game one as her record moved to 4-10 with the setback. In five innings of work, Schmidt allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits and six walks.