Hartsville, SC- After a very rough first game that saw Coker lose to Belmont Abbey 7-1, Amanda Shelton lifted her team to a 5-4 victory with a pinch hit sacrifice fly to score the winning run. After another day with a win and a loss Coker moves to 25-14 overall, and 10-6 in the CVAC, while Belmont Abbey is now 14-25 overall, and 6-4 in the CVAC.

 

In game one, Coker took an early 1-0 lead in the first off an RBI single by Kimberly Atkinson that scored Jessica Blackwell. To the Cobras dismay, that would be their only run, as Belmont Abbey pour on seven runs over the next six innings. The Abbey scored three runs in the third off a three run homer to deep center from Angie Sowell. Belmont scored four more runs in the fifth, off two Coker errors and three walks.

 

Coker starter Somer Bigham (12-5) took the loss, throwing five innings for the Cobras, allowing seven runs on seven hits, while striking out eight.

 

Carrie Markham earned the win for Belmont Abbey, throwing a compete game, allowing one run on six hits, while striking out four

 

Leading the Coker offense were Blackwell and Atkinson, each going 2-for-3, while Atkinson added an RBI and Blackwell had a run scored.

 

The Crusaders were led by Sowell, who was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs and Abby Threatt, who was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

 

Game two, turned out to be a much more exciting game on both sides of the field, as Belmont Abbey struck first scoring three runs in the second. Coker answered right back scoring four in the bottom of the second. The crusaders would tie the game at four in the fourth, and that is where the game would remain until the sixth.

 

Eunice Nettles led off the bottom of the sixth with a blast off the left field wall for a double, after Christan Morabito came on a as pinch runner, Amy Shelley sacrificed her over to third. With one out Amanda Shelton came on as a pinch hitter and hit a deep fly ball to left, enough to allow Morabito to tag-up and score the winning run, 5-4.

 

Shelly Catlett (4-2) earned the win throwing all seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, while striking out three.

 

Belmont’s Erica Rutledge took the loss going six strong innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, with two strike outs.

 

For Coker, Eunice Nettles was 2-for-3 with a double and Anna Lucas was 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.

 

Cameron Greene was 2-for-3 for the Crusaders and Rutledge was 1-for-3 with a double.

 

The Lady Cobras return to the field on Thursday, as they travel to St. Andrews for double-header at 2:00 p.m.

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