DECATUR, Ga.—A pair of strong pitching performances pushed visiting Greensboro College to a doubleheader sweep of Agnes Scott on Friday evening. The Pride quieted the Scotties offense in game one to register a 3-0 victory before turning game two on its head in the last stages of a 9-2 result.
Agnes Scott sees its record fall to 2-8 on the season and 2-2 against NCAA Division III opponents, while Greensboro moves above .500 at 4-2. The Pride head down to Birmingham for a tournament this weekend.
The Pride started the game on a high note as Caroline Stanley (Reidsville, N.C.) sliced the first pitch she saw and breezed around the bases for an inside-the-park homer.
Agnes Scott looked ready to even the score in the bottom of the first inning as Tiara White (Sinton, Texas) bunted on safely before eventually stealing two bases to set up a runner on third with only an out. However, a squeeze play did not work in Agnes' favor as White was tagged out at home and Kelsey Swaim (Boonville, N.C.) was able to pitch out of the inning.
The two teams were quiet until the fifth when a pair of errors extended the Greensboro frame with two outs. Jordan Deaton (Gibsonville, N.C.) made them pay with a double to the left field corner to plate one for a 2-0 lead.
The Pride added an insurance run in the seventh with a RBI double off the bat of Hannah Stackhouse (Siler City, N.C).
In her first start of the season Swaim pitched very well for Greensboro before giving way to Cheyanne Cox (Burlington, N.C.), who shut down the Scotties over the final two innings. Greensboro pitching sent down the final 11 Agnes Scott batters after Jani Howington (Lawrenceville, Ga.) singled in the fourth.
Kayla Spinks (Social Circle, Ga.) took the loss despite showing well in a full game of work. The first-year struck out two and walked none while giving up two earned runs.
For the first four innings of game two the opponents traded roles. Agnes Scott used a two-out rally in the third inning with RBIs from White and Michaela Dailey (Smiths Station, Ala.) to take their first lead since a win over Sewanee last Saturday.
That would be the only inning the Scotties would touch home plate in the doubleheader though.
A game of inches served as a curse for the home side in the top of the fifth as the Pride seemed to get every break. After retiring the first batter of the inning, a comebacker snuck under the glove of Caitlin Weaver (Jacksonville, Fla.) in the circle to kick start a long rally for the Pride.
Greensboro scored its first run of the game on a triple by Maddy Wetherholt (Hope Mills, N.C.) and subsequently loaded the bases with the score 2-1. A nice play at third by Nicole Gilkeson (Atlanta, Ga.) forced Wetherholt out at home to give the Scotties a chance at getting out of the jam. However, the next six batters all reached base safely to push another six runs across and suddenly break the game wide open. Stackhouse and Deaton game up with huge two-strike knocks to drive in three of the runs.
The Pride added two more runs in the sixth to put even more distance between the two sides.
All About the Numbers
- Stanley finished 6-of-8 in the series with five runs scored and three stolen bases
- Allyson Loy (Haw River, N.C.) contributed five hits and three steals.
- Stackhouse contributed three more RBI to her conference-leading mark.
- Greensboro outhit Agnes 22-8 in the series
- White was the only Scottie with multiple hits on the day with two, while also stealing two bases.