LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University softball team split their conference doubleheader with rival Columbia College (S.C.) on Thursday dominating game one 4-0 before falling 6-4 in game two.
Game One: SAU 4, Columbia 0
St. Andrews senior Kori Ballard pitched her first career complete game shutout on Thursday rolling to the 4-0 win. Ballard allowed four hits and no runs with two strikeouts to pick up her fifth win of the season. Ballard moves to 5-6 with a 4.75 ERA.
Junior second baseman Sam Lowder led the Lady Knights hitting 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI double, and two stolen bases. Lowder leads the team with a .402 batting average with 35 hits and 17 stolen bases. She’s had multiple hits in four of her last six games.
Game Two: Columbia 6, SAU 4
Columbia got out to a 4-0 lead in game two before St. Andrews rallied for three runs in the fourth inning. The Lady Knights tied the game in the fifth with an RBI single by S.K. Brown that drove in Broadaway who had doubled to lead off the inning.
Broadaway started game two for the Lady Knights, pitching three inning allowing four runs off five hits with a strikeout. Brown (1-4) relieved her throwing two innings giving up the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to pick up the loss. Despite the loss, Brown still leads the team with the lowest ERA at 4.12.
Columbua tacked on an insurance run in the seventh with a solo home run.
Broadaway extended her hitting streak to eight games with two doubles. The freshman leads the team in RBIs with 20.
The Lady Knights go to 10-18 overall and 2-6 in the AAC with the split while Columbia goes to 3-13 and 1-5 in conference.
St. Andrews is on the road this weekend to face Milligan (8-11) and Union Colleges on Sunday and Monday. Milligan College (Tenn.) will be first up at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Lacrosse gets second straight win
LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University men’s lacrosse team won their second straight game under interim head coach Conor Moloney earlier this week. The Knights edged conference foe Asbury University (Ky.) 11-10.
The two teams traded goals in the first quarter, with Asbury taking a 4-2 lead into the second. St. Andrews came back strong with three straight goals to take a 5-4 lead with less than five minutes left in the half A last-minute score by Asbury, St. Andrews used a goal from junior midfielder Jason Lattof with two seconds on the clock to take a 6-5 halftime lead.
The Knights continued their strong play adding two more goals in the third to finish a 6-1 run and lead 8-5 — their biggest advantage of the game. Asbury went on a 4-1 run to tie the game at nine with under 10 minutes left to play.
Knights senior attacker Nick Foster came up big scoring St. Andrews final two goals, including the game-winner off an assist from senior captain Vinny D’Abbraccio to break a 10-all tie.
Foster led the Knights offensively with a season-high five goals including the game-winner along with an assist for six points. The Knights senior also had nine shot and six on goal. D’Abbraccio added three assists and a goal with three shots, a groundball, and a caused turnover.
Senior goalie Nick Levar made eight saves for the Knights on 18 shots. St. Andrews was led by sophomore face-off specialist Sebastian Calmes who won 16 of 23 face-offs including the final two to clinch the win. Calmes also recorded a team-high 14 ground balls.
St. Andrews improves to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the AAC while Asbury falls to 0-6 and 0-1. The Knights are in action today at 1 p.m. at Tennessee Wesleyan University for a conference game.