LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University softball team split their Wednesday afternoon doubleheader with St. Augustine’s University, falling 10-7 in game one before rebounding to win game two, 11-8.
The first contest Wednesday was a continuation of a game suspended by rain on Feb. 3, which the Knights led 4-3 in the second inning.
St. Andrews (15-30) added a run in the third inning to extend its advantage to 5-3, but St. Augustine’s answered with two of its own to knot the score at 5-all. The Falcons then notched a run in the fourth and a pair of scores in the fifth and sixth frames to pull ahead, 10-5.
The Knights tacked on runs in the sixth and seventh to close the gap, but they could not make up enough ground to pull off the comeback.
Most of St. Andrews’ scoring was a result of St. Augustine’s inability to play consistent defense — the Falcons committed six errors and allowed six unearned runs.
Kori Ballard, Karie Lougee and Connor Sutherland all had RBIs for the Knights while the Falcons were paced by a three-hit, three-RBI performance from Marley Parker.
In the second game of the doubleheader, St. Andrews jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but St. Augustine’s put up three runs in the top of the second inning to take the lead.
However, the Knights came back with consecutive five-run innings in the bottom of the second and third. The first three Knight batters reached base by walk or error, then a Sam Lowder double drove in a pair of runs. The Falcons, who again committed six errors, strung together more stretches of poor play on defense, opening the door for additional Knights runs.
St. Augustine’s (8-20) tallied a trio of runs in the top of the third to briefly tie the contest before Ballard smacked a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame to spearhead the offensive explosion. Before the Ballard homer, St. Andrews scored three runs on an RBI groundout, a wild pitch and another error.
Senior pitcher Hawley Ill entered the contest for the final four innings and allowed four hits and a pair of runs to go along with two strikeouts to pick up the save.
Ballard and Lowder each recorded two hits while driving in a combined six runs for the Knights in the win. Meranda Zanni had a pair of hits and a trio of RBIs for the Falcons in the loss.