Nobles Goes Deep in Fourth-Straight DH as Softball Earns Crucial Split at Anderson
April 3, 2010
ANDERSON, S.C. – For the second time in as many days, the Anderson softball team split a Conference Carolinas’ doubleheader winning the first game of the twin-bill versus Pfeiffer 5-2 while dropping the second game 3-2. Anderson moved to 17-13 overall and 7-3 in league play, while the Falcons’ record went to 16-26 and 6-10.
The opener saw the Trojans looking at a 2-0 deficit early as Sarah Waylock and Mariah Chalk picked up RBI-singles in the first and fourth frame. Anderson got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when a Cameron White double tied the game at two driving in Kinsley Durham and Amber Duncan. Sophomore Amber Sutherland followed with a single that put the Trojans ahead 3-2. Senior Meredith Knox led off the fifth inning with a solo home run off the scoreboard in deep center field, her sixth on the season. Two batters later Amber Duncan hit her seventh homer of the season, another solo shot that put the Trojans up 5-2.
Senior pitcher Katie Van Gieson completed the game for the Trojans, giving up just two runs on eight hits. It was her fifth complete game on the season, and second in two outings, and boosted her record to 5-1.
The Falcons led the nightcap 3-0 going into the fifth inning on a RBI fielder’s choice by Amber Johnson and two-run blast by Heather Nobles. Saturday marked the fourth-straight doubleheader where Nobles has gone deep, pushing her current hit streak to seven. Anderson used a two-out single by Sutherland that paved the way for an Elisa Sebastyan dinger.
Trying to put together another rally in the bottom of the seventh, Sutherland kept the game alive with a two-out single as Sebastyan followed with a deep fly ball to center only to have the Falcons Bryttny Kreshka make a diving catch that sealed the win for Pfeiffer. Melanie Conklin earned the game two win tossing the complete game two-hitter with five strikeouts.
Pfeiffer will now return home to wrap up the 2010 regular season with a pair of crucial Conference Carolinas matchups against leading-leaders Limestone (Thursday) and Queens (Friday). The Lady Falcons currently stand in eighth place as only the top eight teams make it into the conference tournament at Coker.