CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte softball team capped off the First Pitch Classic by defeating Presbyterian 11-8 in another eight inning game Sunday evening at the D.L. Phillips Complex.
The Niners (2-2 overall) won 8-6 in eight innings on Saturday against the Blue Hose who fell to 1-4 overall.
Charlotte is proving early in the 2013 season that its willing and ready to go the extra mile to get a win. Sunday’s game proved to be another action-packed game that included four home runs, two for each team.
After trailing 7-6 in the top of the seventh inning, Kalie Lang belted a solo homer over the leftfield fence on a full count to tie game 7-7.
The Niners’ offense unleashed in the eighth inning where they reeled out four runs on three hits to give them the 11-7 lead. With runners on second and third, senior Chelsea Stamey hit a double to centerfield to bring in two runs. Charlotte scored two more runs off Presbyterian errors in that inning.
The Blue Hose cut into Charlotte’s lead when it scored a run in the bottom of the eighth but it wouldn’t be enough to get in reach of the Niners.
Charlotte clinched a 6-3 advantage after the top of the fourth inning. It was Stamey again that cleared the bases as the 49ers led off the inning with two consecutive hits from Samantha Slade and Jessica Plemmons. Chelsea Lisikatos reached on a walk and Stamey drove in two runs with a single to right field. A single from Natalie Capone and a sacrifice fly from Briana Gwaltney scored two more runs for the 49ers.
Chelsea Ingersoll put Charlotte on the board in the third inning with a two-run homer to cut into Presbyterian’s 3-2 lead.
Stamey finished with a game-high four RBIs and was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Lang, Capone, Plemmons, Slade each recorded two hits each. As a team the Niners finished with a season-high 13 hits.
“It’s always great when you have seniors in the order that can step up and handle the pressure,” head coach Aimee DeVos said. “It’s good to see that we have a lineup that can come through at any time from top to bottom. It’s a big confidence booster for us because we proved that we can come back from being down. It’s a testament to the team and it shows how hard they’re willing to work.”
Katie Watkins got her first win in the circle. Watkins threw for five innings and allowed only three hits. She finished with three strikeouts. Watkins had some help in the circle as Lisikatos started the game and pitched for three innings.
“Our pitchers are tough,” DeVos said. “If we have to split games and help each other out in the circle to win games, then that’s what we have to do. They’re getting better each game and they continue to get stronger and tougher.”
Presbyterian also recorded double-digit hits and finished with ten. Kensley Loudermelk fell to 1-2 in the circle and recorded a game-high six strikeouts.
The 49ers will be back home on Saturday, Feb.16 for the Charlotte Classic which lasts until Sunday, Feb.17. The Niners take on Youngstown State on Saturday at 12 p.m.
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