Softball Blows by Concordia (IL) for Doubleheader Sweep
The Pride softball team opened its California Spring Break trip on Friday with a 17-6 victory over Concordia (IL). After taking the first lead of the day, Greensboro was forced to rally from deficits of 3-1, 4-2 and 6-4. However, The Pride exploded for 15 runs in the final three innings, including nine in the sixth to put the eight run mercy rule into effect.
Greensboro opened the scoring in the first on a sacrifice fly by Hayley Hicks. Concordia responded in the bottom of the frame with three runs to take the lead away.
A Brittany Evans RBI single up the middle in the second helped The Pride narrow the gap to 3-2. Greensboro had a chance to blow it open during the frame, but stranded the bases loaded.
Concordia had a quick answer of its own, tacking on another run in the third to push the margin back to 4-2. The Pride rallied again in the top of the fourth with two runs to tie the game up at 4-4. Kanisha Fogg tripled and scored on an error for the first run, with Jackie Nicholson providing the final run of the inning an RBI single. Greensboro again concluded the frame with the bases loaded.
The score would not stay tied for long, though, as the Cougars put two more on the board to regain the lead at 6-4.
It was all Pride from there, as Greensboro scored four runs in the fifth and nine in the sixth with the help of five hits and six Concordia errors.
For the game, The Pride outhit the Cougars 10-7 and were aided by ten Concordia mistakes in the field. Nicholson and Fogg led the offensive attack with two hits apiece. Overall, Greensboro sent 32 hitters to bat in the game.
After taking the first inning off in the second game, the bats got rolling again in the second. The Pride posted four runs in the second inning, four in the third and seven in the fourth, before closing out the game in the top of the fifth. The Cougars, meanwhile, scored all four of their runs in the third to temporarily tie the game at 4-4.
The second inning for Greensboro featured four runs on five hits, highlighted by a two RBI double to right by Heather Nellis. The Pride put up an identical four run, five hit performance in the third. Greensboro topped the previous outbursts in the fourth, pushing seven runners across the plate on five hits.
The Pride pounded out 16 hits for the game, while limiting Concordia to three. Holly Jones recorded a game high three hits with Evans, Nicholson, Nellis, Hicks, Brittany Teer, and Reihle Kash each contributing two.
Nicholson notched the win in game two to move to 3-1 on the year. She tossed the final 3.0 innings after taking over for Sanfilippo, who started and worked the first 2.0 innings.
The Pride are now 10-4 on the season. Greensboro will be back in action on Sunday against La Sierra and Cal State San Marcos.