WEST POINT, Ga.—A ninth-inning rally spurred on by the bat of Alexei Young (McDonough, Ga.) helped Agnes Scott Softball earn a share of a doubleheader split with Point University on Wednesday evening. The Scotties took game one 2-1 before the Skyhawks put together a seventh-inning comeback in game two for an 8-7 walk-off victory.
Agnes Scott moves its record to 3-7, while Point now sits at 7-9.
The Scotties struck early with a run in the top of the first against a sharp Point starter, Ryan Simpson. First-year Tiara White (Sinton, Texas) legged out a bunt to lead off the game and immediately stole second base to put the Scotties in business. A groundout ushered White to third base before Cecilia Siegel (Plantation, Fla.) came up with a clutch two-out RBI knock to right-center to plate White.
Agnes Scott's lead held for an inning when three walks loaded the bases for the Skyhawks with only one out. An infield hit scored the tying run, but the Scotties forced a double play in the next at-bat to limit the damage to only one run.
Junior Kayla Quesenberry (Inverness, Fla.) came in as a reliever in the bottom of the third and was able to pitch the Scotties out of several jams in the late innings to set up the drama in the ninth.
With international tiebreaking rules in place and a runner starting the ninth at second, Young was able to scoot a run across on a single into the outfield. It was just the third hit of the game for the Scotties.
Point was able to get a runner to third in the bottom of the ninth, but Quesenberry got a strikeout and lineout to end the game in favor of the Scotties, 2-1. She picked up her second win of the season in relief.
Agnes Scott was the first to put a run on the board once again with Caitlin Weaver (Jacksonville, Fla.) singling to lead off the frame before scoring on a defensive miscue.
The Skyhawks erupted in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs while bringing 10 batters to the plate. After the first batter flew out, Point loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batter. Heather Cook obliged with a single to easily plate two runs and help the Skyhawks claim the lead for the first time. Before the inning was over, Point put together two more RBI singles to the outfield and a sacrifice fly to take a commanding 5-1 advantage.
Agnes fought back with a two-out rally in the third with a run scoring off the bat of Jordan Keesler (Trenton, Ga.). They would become the focus of a bigger inning to come for the Scotties.
Point grew its lead back to four runs with another tally in the bottom of the fourth before the Scotties struck for gold with a furious string of timely hitting in the fifth. The Scotties scored five runs in the stanza, all coming with two outs. White singled to kick off the rally before a fielding error extended things to set up Keesler for a big chance. The sophomore came through with a two-strike single to the gap in right-center to score White and Young to make it a 6-4 game.
Siegel made sure the Scotties did not stop there with a double to score Keesler from second before scoring herself, along with Weaver, on a double to fence off the bat of Nicole Gilkeson (Atlanta, Ga.). The two runs gave Agnes Scott a 7-6 advantage and finished off a run of six consecutive batters reaching base on five hits.
The Scotties played with fire on the defensive end in each of the final three innings as Point stuffed the bases in the fifth and sixth innings without scoring. However, the Skyhawks were able to break through when they needed it most. Point doubled, singled and walked to lead off the inning to put runners on every base with no outs. A sacrifice scored the tying run and replenished the runners in scoring position. Point's Brittney Rogers ended the game effectively with a single to deep short to score the runner from third for the walk-off victory.
Quesenberry was tagged for the loss in game two, relieving for the second consecutive game. She pitched 12.1 innings in total on the day for a 1-1 mark.
Point outhit Agnes Scott 14-7 in the nightcap with much of the damage coming from the bottom of their lineup including a 3-3 showing by catcher Brooke Williams.
Weaver and Keesler were the leading hitters for the Scotties with two hits apiece. Keesler had a career-high three RBI in the loss.
Agnes Scott returns to Oakhurst Field this Friday to take on another NAIA foe in the Cumberland University (8-3) beginning at 3 p.m.