Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 11, 2013

Concord softball wins, baseball loses down south

PEMBROKE, N.C. — Hayley Wade drove in three runs and finished 2 for 4 to help the Concord University softball team to a 12-8 win over Fayetteville (N.C.) State on Sunday afternoon in the UNCP Invitational.

Concord (4-5) took its third win over FSU (0-5) this season.

Senior Becca Gleason scored two runs and had three hits, two RBI, and a stolen base. Sophomore Jessica Seymour had three hits and scored three runs. Wade also scored a run. Whitney Carrigan and Karsyn Boothe each recorded an RBI. Seymour and Alyssa Morris had the game’s only doubles.

Lacey McDougall (3-2) earned the victory after coming on in relief. She replaced Stephanie Harper, who had given up just two hits and no runs until the Broncos scored three in the fourth inning. Harper allowed five runs and seven hits.

Concord jumped to an 8-0 lead in the first three innings, but FSU tied the game at 8-8 heading into the seventh, due in part to four Concord errors in a three-inning stretch.

In the bottom of the seventh, down to their final out, Carrigan and Boothe came up with back-to-back RBI singles to give the Lady Lions a 10-8 lead. Concord scored two more runs off an error and a hit by Gleason and then hung on behind McDougall.

McDougall and Gleason were named to the all-tournament team.

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Baseball: Armstrong Atlantic 8, Concord 5

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Bret Blevins went 3-for-5 and Joey Miller hit his first home run of the season as Concord ended its opening weekend 0-3.

Concord senior starting pitcher Devin Smith (0-1) struck out five batters, but gave up five runs in 2 1/3 innings. Newcomer Tim Leather pitched a quality 2 2/3 innings of relief work to keep Concord in contention, giving up no runs and just one hit.

Run-producing doubles in the second inning by Chris Zittrouer, Cody Sherlin and Chase Butler gave the nationally-ranked Pirates (6-0) a 5-0 advantage.

Miller’s two-run homer to left field made it 5-2 in the fourth. In the next inning, Brandon Costa’s sacrifice fly got T.J. Brockway home. In the sixth, Ryan Johnston hit into a fielder’s choice that got Jerrod Groves home for a 5-4 score.

Groves had an RBI single in the ninth for CU’s final run.

Butler was 3 for 5 for Armstrong Atlantic, with two doubles and three RBI.

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