No. 19 WSCC sweeps Jackson St.
Walters State pitcher (7) Randi Hill of Jefferson County throws against Jackson on Saturday. Walters State won both games in the double header.
One game was a slugfest, the other was a shutout. In the end, it was a doubleheader sweep for the 19th ranked Walters State Lady Senators.
The Lady Senators scored multiple runs in the first four innings of the opening game and held off a late rally by Jackson State for a 12-9 victory. In the nightcap, Randi Hill was stellar inside the circle, and WSCC scored all their runs in the final three innings for a 7-0 victory.
With the sweep, the Lady Senators have won 12 straight games to improve to 29-5 overall and 22-4 in TCCAA play, which keeps them in a first place tie in the league standings.
The losses extended the losing streak for the Lady Generals to 22 games, as they are now 4-30 overall and 4-22 in region action.
“It really was an ugly win in the first game, but Randi Hill pitched really well in the second game and gave us a lift,” Walters State coach Larry Sauceman said. “We had a long talk after the first game because I didn’t think we played to our abilities, and we had a slow start in the second game. Thankfully Hill was on her game, and we came through with some big hits late to get the sweep.”
Andrea Eison had a big game in the opener, smacking three hits with her 14th home run, and she drove in four runs in the win. Kendi King and Amber Cook both added three hits, with Cook tagging her sixth homer and plating three runs, while King had two RBIs. Ashli Rogers and Olivia Lawson bot had two hits in the victory, and Lauren Dreitlein added a two-bagger.
“We had a lot of player contribute in the first game at the plate, and we needed it,” Sauceman said. “Turned out we really needed 10-plus runs because we were a little out of character on the mound giving up nine runs.”
Kirsten Henry and Madelyn Mercer each had a homer in the loss for the Lady Generals.
Henry smacked a two-run homer in the first inning for a 2-0 lead for Jackson State, but the Lady Senators put up four runs in the home half to take the lead for good.
King drove in a run on a grounder before an RBI single by Lawson tied it. Cook drove in a run with a ground ball and another run came home on an error to make it 4-2.
Eison led off the second inning with a solo homer before King drove in another run with a base hit, and Cook led off the third with a solo bomb. Eison drove in a run with a base hit to make it 8-2.
Mercer ripped a two-run homer in the fourth to highlight a four-run inning to cut the deficit to 8-6, but the Lady Senators put four more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth.
Cook and Amber McMillian each had an RBI single, and Eison roped a two-run base hit to extend the lead to 12-6.
The Lady Generals scored three runs in the seventh to trim the final margin to 12-9.
Taylor Green (11-0) grabbed the win after allowing five earned runs on five hits in three-plus innings. Emily Kendrick notched a save after scattering five hits and allowing three runs – two earned – in four innings.
Lindsay Lay was tagged with the defeat after giving up eight runs – six earned – on seven hits in two-plus innings.
In the nightcap, Lawson went 4-for-4 with a homer and a double, scored three times and drove in a pair in the win. Cook tacked on two hits and two RBIs with a double, and McMillian had an RBI double for WSCC.
“Lawson had a huge game,” Sauceman said. “She has really common lately and played well, and she was big today.”
Lauren Pratt, Kylie Hand and Mercer had a hit each in the loss.
Neither team could push across a run in the first three innings, but WSCC pushed three across in the fourth, another in the fifth and three more in the sixth to post the win.
Lawson opened the scoring with a solo homer, her fifth of the season, and McMillian added an RBI double. With the bases loaded, Dreitlein drew a walk to force home another run to make it 3-0.
The lead increased in the fifth when Lawson scored on a double steal, and the final markers crossed the plate in the sixth.
Lawson had an RBI double and Cook drove home two with a single to make it 7-0.
Hill (1-0) picked up her first collegiate win by tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out eight while allowing just three hits and one walk.
Ashlynn Hardee suffered the loss after giving up four runs – three earned – on five hits in four innings.
The two teams will complete their four-game series Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
-By Matt Daniels , Tribune Sports Editor