Captains Slip by Softball

WINCHESTER, Va. - In a matchup of the two USA South Conference Tournament finalists from a year ago, visiting Christopher Newport University took a pair of 5-4 softball decisions from Shenandoah Tuesday afternoon.

The Captains (15-5, 6-2 USA South) needed nine innings to win game one as Shenandoah (13-7, 4-4) tied it with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

In the nightcap, SU loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh only to see CNU get out of it by inducing Lizzy Martin to hit a comebacker to winning pitcher Whitney Haller (6-2).

Christopher Newport scored two runs in the top of the first in game two only to see the Hornets score three runs on three hits and one CNU error in the bottom of the frame.

Martin and Lauren McCabe had RBI's in the first for Shenandoah.

After the Captains tied it with one in the third before scoring twice in the fourth, SU attempted to rally once again in its last at-bat.

With two outs, McCabe doubled to right center to score sophomore Brittany Guepe from second.

Guepe, who went a combined 7 for 8 in the day, had reached on a one-out single to left.

Heather Sink and Jordan Wolford were both hit by pitch to load the bases before Haller got Martin with the comebacker on a 3-2 pitch.

Guepe had three hits and Denise Mitchell two to lead the offense.

Wolford (4-1) allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks in 5.0 innings.

She struck out three.

Christopher Newport scored one run in the second and another in the fifth of game one to take a 2-0 lead into the seventh against the Hornets.

With two outs and runners on second and third, Guepe plated the Hornets initial run of the day with an infield single.

Morgan Coble then hit a sharp ball that CNU shortstop Candace Zollars could not handle, allowing Heather Sink to score the game-tying run.

The two teams traded single runs in the eighth, with Shenandoah scoring an unearned run due to a Captains error, before CNU finally won it with two runs in the ninth.

Christopher Newport ended the contest by snaring a line drive in right and then doubling Guepe off of first base.

Guepe was 4 for 4 and Sink 2 for 3 with two runs scored.

Elizabeth Holte (3-1) was the winner with 2 2/3 innings of relief work.

Brooke Over (6-5) struck out eight in a complete game showing for the hosts.

Shenandoah travels to Averett on Saturday for a pair of USA South Conference games. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00.