Gamecocks Split on Final Day at FIU
Fla. -- South Carolina moved to 6-3 on the season, dropping a 7-6
decision to Jacksonville (4-6) before defeating Villanova 15-3 in five
innings. Senior Evan Childs had a homer in both games, while senior
Lauren Lackey tripled in both. Four unearned runs gave the Dolphins the
win in the first game. Senior Kaitlin Westfall went 3-for-4 with two
doubles and two RBI in the Villanova win. South Carolina posted 14 hits
in the contest, and all nine Gamecock lineup starters had hits in the
contest. The Gamecocks host Winthrop on Wednesday afternoon at Beckham
Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Game 2 Recap:
Gamecocks Post 15-3 Win over Villanova
Every Gamecock starter got a hit in 14 hit contest
Fla. – South Carolina (6-3) got the offense rolling, posting 14 hits in
a 15-2 romp over Villanova (2-3) in both team’s final game in the Blue
& Gold Feisberg Memorial at the FIU Softball Complex.
leftfielder Kaitlin Westfall led the hit brigade, going 3-for-4 with
two doubles and two RBI. Senior first baseman Molly Brossart went
2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Sophomores Dana Hathorn and
Chelsea Hawkins went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. All nine
starters for the Gamecocks had a hit in the game.
got on the board in the first on Westfall’s RBI double, scoring junior
Samie Garcia after a pitch hit her to start the game. South Carolina
exploded in the second, bringing 13 batters to the plate in the frame,
scoring eight runs on eight singles, a walk, and a reach on error.
Brossart and freshman Lacey Rother both had two-RBI singles in the
frame, while Garcia, Hathorn and Hawkins all added RBI hits.
Villanova got a run back in the bottom of the second when Amanda Marquez led off the frame with a solo homer.
Carolina added two more in the third on senior Evan Childs’ homer to
center, scoring senior Lauren Lackey after she started the inning with
a walk. Four more Gamecock runs crossed in the fourth on Lackey’s
base-loaded triple and Westfall’s second RBI double of the contest.
the fifth, the Wildcats got an RBI triple from Jamie O’Hara before she
scored on a wild pitch to give the Wildcats their second and third runs.
pitcher Kierstyn White (3-2) pitched a complete game, allowing three
earned runs on six hits while striking out one. Caitlyn Delahaba (1-2)
took the loss, giving up two earned runs on one walk in 1/3 of an
South Carolina hosts Winthrop on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at Beckham Field.
Game 1 Recap:
Gamecocks Drop Seesaw Game to Jacksonville 7-6
Three errors cost the Gamecocks again, as four unearned runs cross
Fla. – A back-and-forth game went against South Carolina (5-3) in the
end, as Jacksonville (4-6) captured a 7-6 win in both team’s first game
on Sunday in the Blue & Gold Feisberg Memorial at Florida
South Carolina started the scoring in
the second by loading the bases before JU pitcher Sarah Sigrest’s
illegal pitch scored junior pinch runner Hannah Milks from third.
Senior Lauren Lackey followed with an RBI single to give the Gamecocks
the 2-0 lead. Jacksonville got a run back in the bottom of the frame,
as Karson Tuck doubled home pinch runner Adrienne Ramsay from second.
third baseman Evan Childs gave South Carolina a two-run lead again with
a shot over the center-field wall in the third. But the Dolphins
responded with three in the bottom of the inning. Kayla Ouellet
singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on
Jacey Warner’s sacrifice fly to foul territory in right. Sarah Simon
followed with a line shot over the left-field wall, tying the game at
3-3. An error allowed Amanda Schmidt to reach, and consecutive singles,
the latter by Tuck, score Schmidt and give the Dolphins a 4-3 lead.
Gamecocks retook the lead in the fifth behind RBI singles from freshman
Lacey Rother and sophomore Chelsea Hawkins. Jacksonville answered again
in the bottom of the inning when Ashley Simon put a ball over the
third-base bag, scoring two to make it 6-5 Dolphins.
tripled with one out in the sixth, setting up Samie Garcia, who dropped
a perfect squeeze bunt to allow Lackey to slide in safely at the plate
and tie the game at 6-6.
Jacksonville answered one last time,
with Ouellet starting things with a chop single to third that ended up
putting her on third after the throw got away from the Gamecocks. After
Warner was hit by a pitch, Sarah Simon lined one to center. The
Gamecock throw was online, but the speedy Ouellet slid in safely to
hand Jacksonville the 7-6 lead that would be the final score.
(2-3) got the win, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and two
walks. She fanned six in the complete game. Kierstyn White (2-2) took
the tough loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits and a
walk in 3.2 innings of relief work. She struck out one.
Hawkins and Lackey all had two hits for the Gamecocks. Ouellet and Tuck
had two hits each for Jacksonville. It was the fourth game this season
that South Carolina committed two or more errors, and the Gamecocks are
1-3 in those contests.