(CLEVELAND) – The No. 9 Truett McConnell University softball team swept St. Andrews University (4-1, 4-1) in their Appalachian Athletic Conference season opener, which was their fourth and fifth straight wins, at the TMU Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Bears improved to 11-2, 2-0 AAC on the season, while the Knights fell to 9-15, 3-3 AAC.
GAME ONE 4-1
After sophomore Alicia Price doubled to left field, Price scored on a fielder’s obstruction (1-0) to put the Lady Bears up on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second. The bottom of the third saw senior Liz Bunton lead off with a walk but fellow senior Sarah Wills drove home Bunton on a single through the hole at shortstop to give TMU a two-run cushion (2-0). SAU answered with a run of their own in the top of the fourth (2-1) but that would be the last time the Knights scored the rest of the way. Senior Jaden Morrison sparked the bottom of the sixth with a triple to deep left-center and freshman Justin Kennington scored Morrison with a single to shallow right (3-1). Nonetheless, senior Sara Sullivan followed up with a triple of her own to deep right field, which drove home Kennington for TMU’s fourth and final run (4-1).
Overall, the Lady Bears outhit the Knights 9-2 and were led by Sullivan, who went 2-for-4. Junior Kathrine Kozlowski went 1-for-2, while Morrison, Kennington, freshman Ellie Abner, Wills, Price and senior Macey Dunaway all added a hit apiece.
Senior Bethany Hyde was credited her sixth win of the season after throwing a complete game of two hits, zero earned runs, nine walks and eight strikeouts.
GAME TWO 4-1
SAU was capable of getting up on the scoreboard right off the bat in the first (1-0) but Kozlowski responded with a single to shallow left to score Morrison in the bottom half (1-1). After holding the Knights scoreless in the top of the second, Kennington smacked a two-RBI single to the infield (3-1). The bottom of the third, however, saw Dunaway send her first collegiate homer over the left field fence on a 2-1 count (4-1), which ultimately concluded the Lady Bears’ runs for the day.
The Lady Bears outhit the Knights again (8-5) and were led by Morrison (2-for-4) and Kennington (2-for-3). Morrison also led with two runs and added a stolen base, while Dunaway went 1-for-1 with a run and RBI. Kozlowski, Wills and Abner added a hit apiece.
Junior All-American Karley Hobbs was credited the win after throwing a complete game of five hits, one run, two walks and four strikeouts.
The Lady Bears are set to host another AAC foe, Columbia International University, on Monday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m.