DECATUR, Ga.—A walk-off double by first-year Cecilia Siegel (Plantation, Fla.) helped Agnes Scott complete a sweep of Sewanee on Friday night under the lights of Oakhurst Park. The Scotties overcame deficits of at least three runs in each game to beat the Tigers 7-4 and 5-4 in a doubleheader.
The weight of a frustrating winless season in 2017 was extended by one day after the Scotties faltered against conference rival Wesleyan on Thursday. However, those frustrations were short-lived as the home team scattered 24 hits to rally not once, but twice in the late innings of each game.
Agnes Scott improves its record to 2-2, while Sewanee begins the season at 0-2.
The Scotties held the hits advantage for a majority if the game, but were unable to cash in during the first four innings.
On the other side of the field, Sewanee made the Scotties pay for three errors by tacking on four runs between the third and fifth innings. Taylor Wagner (Clermont, Fla.) and Rachel Hoffman (Easton, Pa.) each had RBI knocks for the Tigers during that timeframe.
Down 4-0 in the fifth, Agnes Scott exploded for four runs on six hits in the inning. First-year Kendra Tanner (Blairsville, Ga.) finally got the Scotties on the scoreboard with a 0-2 triple through the gap in left-center to plate two runs. Tanner scored two plays later when Alexei Young (McDonough, Ga.) hit a triple to the other gap to make it a 4-3 game.
The Tigers were able to get another out, but Nicole Gilkeson's (Atlanta, Ga.) two-out single scored Young to tie the game at four.
Gilkeson and Young were again the catalysts in the sixth inning for the Scotties. The Tigers sent down the first two Agnes Scott batters, but a walk and a pinch-hit single set up another rally. Young obliged with a two-RBI double to the wall in left before Gilkeson hit another two-out, RBI single to make it a 7-4 game.
First-year pitcher Caitlin Weaver (Jacksonville, Fla.) went cover to cover for her first collegiate win, allowing only one earned run in seven innings.
Agnes Scott struck first in the doubleheader finale when Weaver and Gilkeson put together back-to-back two-out singles. Siegel, the eventual game hero, spun a ball toward short and made it to first safely when the shortstop sent the ball out of the reach of the first baseman, allowing Weaver to score from second.
From that moment Sewanee methodically built up a 4-1 lead with several timely hits in the middle innings. Junior Miranda Townsend (Live Oak, Fla.) blooped a ball down the right-field line two plate two in the fourth, while Hoffman and Caroline Sweetin (Atlanta, Ga.) knocked in runs in the fifth.
Weaver halved the deficit for the Scotties in the fifth with one of her game-high four hits to score Tiara White (Sinton, Texas) from third. Siegel doubled in Weaver with two outs to make it a 4-3 game entering the late stages.
The two teams held serve for the next two innings, setting up a final chance for the Scotties in the bottom of the seventh. Young and Weaver both stayed red hot at the plate to put runners on the corners with no outs. A missed communication led to a pickoff play that temporarily put a damper on the Scotties' rally chances.
Siegel, playing in just her fourth collegiate game, had other ideas by launching the second pitch she saw over the head of the Sewanee right-fielder to score Young and Gilkeson with ease for the walk-off victory.
Junior Kayla Quesenberry (Inverness, Fla.) picked up the win in the circle in two innings of relief, striking out two.
Weaver was 4-for-4 at the dish with a triple, while Siegel drove in three runs on two doubles.
- Agnes Scott picked up their first wins since the 2016 season and first sweep since April 2015 when they took down Salem at home.
- The Scotties already have more triples this season (5) than they did in 32 games last year (1).
The Scotties' home doubleheader versus Emory on Sunday has been cancelled due to potential weather, making their next contests of the road variety on Thursday February 22 at Piedmont. The Lions were picked as the preseason favorite in the USA South West Division.