MONTREAT, NC (February 10, 2009) -- The Montreat College women's softball team opened up their home season on Tuesday afternoon against local NCAA Division II rival Mars Hill College.
The Cavs split with the Lions taking game one 5-1, but falling short in game two 7-2.
In game one, behind the arm of Rachel Stowe
, the Lady Cavs defense only allowed one run on six hits by Mars Hill. The Cavs also answered offensively collecting five runs on nine hits. Tameron Sealey
, the Cavs freshman centerfielder, lead off batter went 2-for-4 with one RBI, while sophomore Jamie Poling
went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Freshman Meredith Mitchell
Montreat's five runs came in the second and fourth innings. Back to back doubles by Mitchell and senior Amy Vogel
followed by a Mandi Pike
walk loaded the bases for Poling. With Poling's base on balls, Mitchell scored. A Sealey single scored the second run of the game for the Cavs.
In the fourth inning, Pike reached base on a double, followed by a single by Poling. An error of Mars Hill's shortstop allowed Cavalier pinch runner, Sarah Lima
to score. Another error by the shortstop allowed Poling to score. Junior Kerby Barkdoll's
squeeze play plated Sealey.
Stowe picked up the win for the Cavs, going 1-1 for the year.
In game two, four Montreat errors led to a 7-2 victory for the Lions. Mars Hill capitalized early in the first inning picking up two of their seven runs. Starting pitcher for Montreat, Meredith Mitchell
picked up the Cavs one of two only runs scores b y hitting a solo shot in the second inning. In the sixth inning, Amy Vogel
reached home on a Pike double. Junior Erin Cross
went 2-for-4 for the game, and freshman Meredith Mitchell
picked up the loss.
In his first year at the helm of Montreat's softball program, head coach Lee Swanson was pleased with his team's effort in game one, but disappointed with the errors in game two. "We came out and executed and competed well in game one. In game two, we had too many mistakes and errors to beat a quality team like Mars Hill."
The Cavs go to 1-3 overall and will face Queens University (Charlotte, NC) on Saturday, February 14th in a doubleheader. Game one is slated for 1:00 pm.