SOFTBALL HOLDS OFF BLUEFIELD STATE FOR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON

SOFTBALL HOLDS OFF BLUEFIELD STATE FOR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON

CARY, N.C. – The Shaw University women's softball team entered Friday's annual softball challenge in the midst of a six-game losing streak, but snapped the skid with a 9-6 win over Bluefield State College at Thomas Brooks Park.

The Lady Bears win improved their 2018 record to 1-6 on the season while the Lady Blues drop to 0-1 to start off the year.

Trailing 2-0 after one inning of play, the Lady Bears gathered four runs in the bottom of the second thanks to BSC's four errors that gave Shaw a 4-2 lead heading to the third inning.

The Lady Blues scored one run in the top of the fourth after a double from Jessi Foster but the Lady Bears added four more runs in the bottom of that inning. Senior Brittany Kline (Choctaw Beach, FL) tallied a single in that inning and would eventually score on an error from BCS, following a double from senior Zahrea Lewis (Savannah, GA) who also scored on a single from junior Christine Ngeve (Greensboro, NC) single.

Bluefield State trimmed at Shaw's lead, plating three runs in the top of the fifth but the Lady Bears were able to secure one run in the bottom of the sixth before holding off the Lady Blue's in the top of the seventh for the game win.

Sophomore tandem Amanda Ortiz (Tuscan, AZ) and Taija Bailey (Greensboro, NC) both scored two runs apiece for the Lady Bears. Bailey finished the game 1-of-2 at the plate while Lewis was 1-of-3 at the plate with two RBI and one run scored.

Senior Frances Perry (Burlington, NJ) earned her first win at the mound. She allowed 13 hits, walked five and struck out three in seven innings of work.

Shaw will return to action Saturday, Mar. 10 at 2 p.m. with a game against Mansfield on field 6 to wrap of the softball challenge.

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