DECATUR, Ga.—For the second time in as many games a moonshot from first-year Taylor Heyser (Miami, Fla.) proved to be the difference in a win for Agnes Scott Softball as the Scotties split a doubleheader with LaGrange. Heyser hit the first pitch she saw in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie and send the Scotties to a 5-2 win. LaGrange rebounded for a 7-3 triumph in game two.
Agnes Scott (5-21, 2-10 USA South) heads to Brevard on Friday before a trip to Maryville on Saturday for its final conference games.
LaGrange used small ball to get on the board in the top of the first only to see Agnes Scott string a few hits together in the bottom half to make it a 1-1 game.
The Panthers countered back again by using the running game to set up a 2-1 lead, an advantage that would hold until the fourth inning. Agnes Scott used a bit of trickery on a delayed steal to score Nicole Gilkeson (Atlanta, Ga.) from third base while the Panthers threw out the runner at second, again evening the game.
A LaGrange error proved costly in the fifth inning. The Panthers were able to get the first batters out in the frame, but Agnes Scott sophomore Alexei Young (McDonough, Ga.) kept the inning alive with a two-out single into left field. A throwing error on the next play prolonged the half-inning, bringing up Heyser.
A flashback to Sunday night when the rookie first baseman hit a shot for a grand slam to essentially win them the game, Heyser timed up the first pitch and plopped it in the neighbor's yard past left field for a three-run home run.
Caitlin Weaver (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Gilkeson combined to shutdown the Panthers the rest of the way. Weaver earned her second win of the season, while Gilkeson grabbed the six-out save.
A five-run second inning gave LaGrange a cushy advantage that they would never relinquish in the finale.
The Scotties tried to make things interesting with two runs in the third and bringing up the game-tying run with runners in scoring position twice. However, LaGrange starter Chelsea Twardoski (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had enough juice to keep her velocity through all seven innings to make sure the Scotties could not break through.
Emily Barrs (Wrightsville, Ga.) finished with a game-high three RBI with singles in the second and seventh innings.
Jordan Keesler (Trenton, Ga.) and Weaver each had an RBI knock for the Scotties.