STAUNTON, Va. – The Mary Baldwin University softball team split a non-conference doubleheader against Covenant on the campus of Mary Baldwin on Friday.
The Fighting Squirrels won in exciting fashion, defeating the Scots 10-0 (5 Inn.) getting their second win of the season and their first run-rule win since 2017.
In Game 1, Lindsay Simmons went 2 for 3, including a double, 2 RBI, and one run scored. Kendall Field went 1 for 2, adding two RBI and a run scored. Courteney Back got the start in the circle tallying her second win, with a complete-game shutout (5 Inn), scattering six hits for the Fighting Squirrels.
The scoring spree started in the 4th inning with Sam Breeden reaching first on an error by the Covenant second baseman. Back then singled to advance Breeden, followed by Lacey Pugh who walked to load the bases. Field then came up to bat and was hit by a pitch to score the game's first run. Claudia Dingman singled through the right side to score one, while Kelsey Turner continued the hot streak with another RBI single to put MBU up 3-0. Simmons continued the inning with a two-run double, while Jordan Miller followed her up with a RBI single. After a wild pitch the Fighting Squirrels assumed an 8-0 lead before Breeden, who batted for the second time in the inning, doubled in Madison Cash. Breeden eventually scored on a RBI single by Field to set the score at 10-0.
Back stranded two runners on base in the top of the fifth, including a runner on third, to seal the 10-0 victory for the Fighting Squirrels.
Carsyn Stone was strapped with the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits in 3.1 innings. Cope Whitaker and Madyson Gibbins each went 2 for 2 at the plate in Game 1.
In Game 2, the Scots started the first inning with a single by Gibbons, who went on to steal second before Erika Mast put down a sacrifice bunt to move her to third. Faith Manning hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Gibbons and put up the Scots up 1-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, Back would hit the only home run of the day, her second of the season, to tie the game at 1-1.
In the third, Mary Baldwin would score two more runs off of a Cash double and a Clark single, 3-1. Covenant tied the game 3-3 in the fifth inning when Manning doubled to center field to score Gibbins and Ames.
In the seventh inning the Scots scored two runs on a single by Cassee Wood to score Mast and Gibbins putting up Covenant 5-3.
Mary Baldwin's comeback effort was short when they could only tally one run in the seventh by a single by Clark.
Mary Baldwin returns to action tomorrow, March 16, as it travels to face Southern Virginia in a non-conference doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 pm.