DECATUR, Ga.—Agnes Scott crossed home plate 11 times in the fifth inning of game two to earn a split of a wacky USA South Conference doubleheader with visiting Berea. The two teams combined for 49 runs over 13 innings with the Mountaineers winning game one 12-11 before the Scotties struck back for a 17-9 triumph.
The Scotties' wild comeback in the series finale helped them snap a 13-game losing streak dating back to a split with Point at the end of February. The win also marks Agnes Scott's first win in USA South play since joining the conference last year.
Agnes Scott improves to 4-20 and 1-9 in the conference. Berea stays steady at 6-16 and 2-8.
Berea wasted no time by putting four runs on the board before the Scotties' first at-bat with four hits. Kourtney Parker and Annelise Hackney both doubled in the frame for the Mountaineers to set the tone.
The Scotties answered with two in the second, including an RBI single by Nicole Gilkeson (Atlanta, Ga.)
Entering the sixth inning, Berea held a 5-3 advantage when all chaos broke out. Errors plagued both sides over the final stretch which led directly to several runs. Berea scored four times in the sixth before Agnes doubled its output to six.
Abby Nash's three-run jack in the seventh seemed to put the game away for good when the Scotties made a final push.
Melia Venezia (Clover, S.C.) homered for the first time in her career to kick-start a furious rally in the bottom of the seventh. The Scotties stayed menacing with five runs to suddenly make things interesting at 12-11. Sophomore Alexei Young (McDonough, Ga.) stood on third base representing the game-tying run with only one out, but Berea starter Jacqui Howard was able to get the final two batters to fly out to give the Mountaineers the win.
The two teams combined for 28 hits and a whopping 11 errors in the contest.
Cecilia Siegel (Plantation, Fla.) was 4-4 at the plate with five RBI in the game. Berea's Nash matched the Agnes Scott first-year with five RBI on two hits.
A quiet game in which Agnes Scott led 1-0 into the fourth was turned on its head when a host of miscues helped Berea put eight runs on the scoreboard. Nash homered for the second time in as many games, a rocket right over the high wall in left to cap off the run.
Trailing by seven with only two hits to their ledger, Agnes Scott's outburst in the fifth inning was a sight to be seen. Berea's pitchers struggled with their command, which helped Agnes Scott score three runs alone, including the game-tying mark at eight all. The Scotties' eruption included eight hits, mostly singles, but none was more important than a grand slam off the bat of first-year Taylor Heyser (Miami, Fla.) to make it a 12-8 game.
Agnes Scott never looked back. Despite giving up a run in the top of the sixth the Scotties ended the game effectively in the bottom half of the frame with five more runs on six hits, all singles.
Siegel finished off an absurdly perfect day with three more hits in three trips bringing her totals for the day to seven hits in seven at-bats with two walks and seven RBI. Seven different Scotties had multi-hit games in the doubleheader, including five total hits from Tiara White (Sinton, Texas) atop the lineup.
Heyser had the day-high for RBI in a game with six.
Kayla Quesenberry (Inverness, Fla.) earned the win in two and two-thirds of relief innings. Her and White combined for five strikeouts.
- Agnes Scott's 17 runs in game two were the most they've scored since pinning 25 and 21 runs on Rust College in a doubleheader during the 2014 season.
Agnes Scott hosts LaGrange on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m.