LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga. --- Huntingdon
College's softball team dropped a pair of games to Covenant College
on Friday afternoon in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. The Lady Hawks
suffered a two hit shut-out, 3-0, in the first game followed by a one
run, 6-5, loss in the final inning of the afternoon.
Covenant's Chelsea Krafft (9-3)
dominated inside the circle against Huntingdon in the first game of
the day shutting down the Lady Hawks' offense. Krafft pitched a two
hit shut-out while registering twelve strike outs in the victory
adding to her season total of 89 strike outs.
The Lady Scots scored one run in the
opening inning followed by two more runs in the top of the 2nd
inning for the, 3-0, win over Huntingdon on Friday afternoon.
Covenant out-hit the Lady Hawks 8-2 in the first game of the
Junior Angela Barkman (0-2) made her
third start of the season on Friday allowing three runs on four hits
and two strike outs in 1 2/3 innings in the opening game. Junior Bree
Giordana came in relief pitching 4 1/3 innings giving up no runs on
four hits while striking out four.
Huntingdon was led by two freshmen at
the plate, Holly Ostrander and Jenna Rimensnyder, each batting
1-for-2 in the Lady Hawks' loss.
After the two hit shut-out loss to
Covenant, Huntingdon's sophomore Melissa McClure drew a lead off walk
and advanced to second base from senior Ashley Blocker's sacrifice
bunt. A Lady Scot error moved McClure over to third base before she
crossed home plate on a passed ball for the one-run advantage, 1-0.
However, Covenant's Beth Harris tied up
the ball game with a lead off solo home-run in the bottom of the 1st
inning, 1-1. The Lady Scots added two more runs off of three
consecutive doubles for the lead, 3-1.
The Lady Hawks posted two-runs in the
top of the 2nd inning tying the game, 3-3. With one out,
junior Brittney Novickis' single to third base got the offense
started for Huntingdon. Following a fly out by junior Ashley Smith,
Novickis stole both second and third base before scoring off of
freshman Emily Dillard's single to center field, 3-2. Senior Jessica
Sharker singled to right field advancing Dillard to second base with
two outs. Dillard stole third base before scoring on a Lady Scots'
wild pitch tying the game, 3-3.
In the bottom of the 3rd
inning, Covenant managed to take the lead, 4-3, off of a RBI-single
to right field.
Huntingdon tied the contest, 4-4, in
the top of the 5th inning after junior Aleah Payne led off
with a single to center field. Rimensnyder's sacrifice bunt moved
Payne over to third base before Novickis' single through the left
side drove in the game-tying run.
The Lady Hawks took the lead in the top
of the 7th inning when Ostrander's RBI-single to right
field drove in Payne for the go ahead run. Payne's one out single to
second base set up the Lady Hawks' fifth run of the game.
Covenant strung together two runs, 6-5,
on four hits in the bottom of the 7th inning completing
the double-header sweep over Huntingdon on Friday, including two
Dillard made her second-career start
for the Lady Hawks but after allowing three runs on four hits in the
first inning, McClure came in to record the final out of the opening
inning against Covenant. McClure (10-6) pitched 5 1/3 innings giving
up three runs on five hits in the loss.
Novickis paced Huntingdon's bats with a
perfect 3-for-3 in the second game including one-RBI against the Lady
Huntingdon (17-11, 5-1 GSAC) travels to
Demorest, Georgia on Saturday, Apr. 9, for the Great South Athletic
Conference double-header against Piedmont College (15-9, 6-0 GSAC)
beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.