By Troy Baranik
Pembroke, NC Feb. 20, 2014 – The St. Andrews University softball team fell 10-2 in five innings in the first game of their doubleheader with nearby Div. II rival UNC-Pembroke on Thursday afternoon.
However, there was a bright spot as the Lady Knights kept up with the Braves for the first few innings by using the long ball and hitting two home runs. Each home run was hit by two freshmen, P/3B Kori Ballard and DP Hayley Volpert. Ballard hit her home run in the second inning while Volpert hit hers in the third inning. Ballard started the game as the pitcher and threw two innings giving up just 3 hits but 5 runs. However, no run was earned due to errors made in the field.
Sophomore Corinne Eosso then took over and also threw two innings giving up 6 hits and 5 runs (two earned) with one strikeout. Caitlin Steel led the host Braves with a 3 for 3 day and a triple as UNCP improved to 7-3.
Each home run was their first of the season. St. Andrews falls to 2-6.
UNCP then held of the homer-hitting Lady Knights to win game two 4-3 with the winning run scored in the bottom of the 6th. After UNCP got off to a 3-1 lead in the third, St. Andrews would rally for a run in the 4th with back-to-back doubles. Junior infielder Kelsey Lee would then hit her first home run this season and third of the day for SAU in the fifth to tie the Braves at 3. However, SAU would leave the tying run at 2nd in the 7th.
Starting pitcher Kimberly Cook took the loss, her first of the year after giving up 4 runs over 6 innings.