MACON, Ga.—Agnes Scott Softball ran into its stiffest test to date in a pair of losses following a two-week break. The Belhaven Blazers came into the day having won 12 straight games and the Scotties were unable to slow them down in two defeats, 9-1 in game one and 5-4 in the series finale.
The Blazers were able to push their wins streak to 14 games and are now 15-2 on the season. Agnes Scott dips to 3-9 before heading into the conference schedule tomorrow.
Belhaven jumped out to a big lead in the first inning with five runs in the bottom half off junior Nicole Gilkeson (Atlanta, Ga.)—making her first start of the season. The Blazers scored the five runs off five hits, but only one of which plated runs.
Agnes Scott took a run off the deficit in the third inning when sophomore Alexei Young (McDonough, Ga.) came up with another timely double to score Kendra Tanner (Blairsville, Ga.) from second base. However, Tanner would be the only Scotties to tag home plate.
Belhaven added a pair of two-RBI doubles in the bottom of the sixth to effectively end the game.
Seniors Kaitlyn Blubaugh (Daphne, Ala.) and Meg Garton (Overland Park, Kan.) combined for five hits and four RBI for the Blazers. Jordan Herring (Forest, Miss.) improved to 7-0 in the circle.
The Blazers were persistent on offense again in game two by scoring the first five runs for the second time in as many games. Belhaven scored twice in the first as the combination of Blubaugh and Garton stayed red hot with six hits in eight plate appearances for the game. The two were at the center of four of the Blazers first five runs spread across four innings.
Agnes Scott was held in check until a furious rally in the top of the seventh inning when the Scotties quadrupled their offensive output for the day. Four difference Scotties contributed RBI in the inning including singles from Cecilia Siegel (Plantation, Fla.) and Young.
The rally forced the Blazers to bring Herring back in to close out the game, which she did by stranding a runner at first.
Michaela Siler (Lakeland, Fla.) and Young led the Scotties with two hits each. Garton was 4-4 for Belhaven.
The Scotties will head right back to Macon on Wednesday to take on Wesleyan in the USA South opening series. Wesleyan took both matchups in non-conference action in February at Oakhurst Field. First pitch is at 5 p.m.