Softball Sting Coker with 4-3 Home Victory
By Jonthan Bym, Editor
After allowing three runs in the first inning, the UNCP softball team rebounded by scoring three runs over the final three innings to earn a walk-off win at home against Coker.
The 4-3 win closed out a five-game weekend for the Lady Braves as a part of the UNCP Invitational, who won the final three contests.
“The girls played great in the first five games, we just weren’t able to come out victorious in the first two,” UNCP coach Brittany Bennett said. “It says a lot when you lose the first two games of your home tournament and win the next three.”
In the bottom of the seventh, UNCP plated the winning run on a Whitney Jackson single that scored Haleigh Epperson.
Epperson was a pinch runner for Lexie Coxe who led off the inning with a single, and then advanced to second following a Toni Nelson single.
“I told the girls after the first inning that it’s a seven-inning ballgame,” Bennett said.
Nelson and Jackson both had two hits in the game, and Jackson added two RBIs to her total.
In the top of the first, Coker jumped on UNCP pitcher Selena Ashley for three runs on two hits.
For the rest of the game, Ashley pitched six innings and allowed two hits.
“I told them in the bottom of the fifth inning if Selena could keep zeros on the board we could win this, and sure enough we did,” Bennett said.
In the bottom of the second, the Lady Braves scored their first run on an RBI double to center from Megan Hillard, scoring fellow senior Brea Hartley.
Over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, the Lady Braves scored a run in each frame to finish off the comeback.
In the fifth, Nelson singled and was bunted over by Karlee Wilson.
Jackson scored Nelson in the next at bat with a double to center field to cut the lead to 3-2.
The score was knotted at three after Taylor Gerhart singled in Jamie Johnson.
Their next matchups are against St. Andrews and Catawba.
Both of these series will be at home for the Black and Gold.
St. Andrews is 1-3 so far on the season and Catawba is 2-0.
Photo by Stefanie Smith. Senior Brea Hartley slides into home.