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THOMASVILLE, GA - The Montreat College softball team dropped a pair of games to Thomas University over the weekend.

In the first game, the Cavaliers (0-10, 0-0 AAC) were only able to muster a pair of hits as they were blanked 7-0. Ashlyn Vickers and Karley Yeager picked up hits for Montreat but they were unable to get a run across the plate in the loss.

In the second game, the Nighthawks pounced early and put up eight runs in the first two inning en route to a 9-1 victory. The Cavaliers got on the board in the 5th when an Aly Woody hit knocked in Hunter Campbell for a run but that would be all of the offense for Montreat. Mikki Shelton collected two hits in the loss.

The Cavaliers will be back in action on Saturday, February 18th when they travel to Georgia to take on a pair of NAIA powerhouses. Montreat will face off against #13 Georgia-Gwinnett at 12:30pm, followed by a matchup against (RV) Brenau at 5:30pm. 

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA - The Montreat College softball team lost a pair of closely contested games to Emmanuel College on Tuesday.

In the first game, the Lions got on the board with a run in the second inning and the game remained that way until the Cavaliers (0-8, 0-0 AAC) tied the game when Aly Woody (FR/Marion, NC) drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Montreat took a 2-1 lead when Malyn Nocera (FR/Knoxville, TN) led off with a solo home run. In the bottom of the inning, Emmanuel strung together five hits and drove in a pair of runs to take a 3-2 lead. The Lions would close things out from there and secure the victory.

In the second game, Mikki Shelton (FR/Old Fort, NC) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when her base hit drove in Kelsey Nolasco (FR/Casa Grande, AZ). The Lions added a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning and capitalized on two Montreat errors to tack on three more in the bottom of the fifth inning to go up 4-1. The Cavaliers would rally in the seventh inning as Ashlyn Vickers (SO/Ellenboro, NC) doubled to drive in pinch runner Bree Powell (FR/Belmont, NC) to cut the lead to 4-2. Veronica Ellis (FR/Augusta, GA) followed up with a 2-run home run to tie the game at 4-4. In the bottom of the frame, Emmanuel got a two-out base hit to drive in the winning run for a final 5-4 score. 

The Cavaliers wil be back in action on Saturday, February 11th when they kick off a double header at Thomas University at 1pm. 

ASHEVILLE, NC - The Appalachian Athletic Conference has announced winners of the individual awards for softball and several members of the Montreat College softball team received recognition for their efforts both on and off the field.

Outfielder Aubree Sluder (FR/Asheville, NC) was named to the AAC All-Freshman team. Sluder hit .299 on the season with 38 hits, including 5 doubles, a triple, and two home runs. She also led the team with 13 stolen bases and a .982 fielding percentage. 

Hunter Campbell (JR/Lincolnton, NC) was named to the Champions of Character team and eight team members were named to the All-Academic Team including Dezaree Avallone (SR/Shallotte, NC), Ashley Hurd (SO/Winston-Salem, NC), Kendra Johnson (SO/Ararat, NC), Morgan Meredith (SO/Coalfield, TN), Megan Recher (SR/Waxhaw, NC), Lauren Rowell (SO/Lancaster, SC), Amber Smith (SR/Boonville, NC), and Connor Townsend (JR/Morganton, NC).

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