Hall's Homer Gives Softball Sweep of UNCG
GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Junior Amanda Hall’s (Haddock, Ga.) solo home run in the sixth inning provided the final margin as Georgia Southern rallied twice to defeat UNC Greensboro 3-2 Sunday afternoon at the UNCG Softball Stadium.
The Eagles take all three games in the Southern Conference series and win their sixth in a row and for the eighth time in their last nine outings. They improve to 28-22 overall and 8-4 in the league. The Spartans drop to 14-25 an 1-8.
“It feels great,” said GSU head coach Natalie Poole on getting the sweep. “We talked about how difficult it was to beat a team three times in a row so we feel like we accomplished something good.”
Hall went 2-for-3 on the afternoon and drove in the team’s first run with a double in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. She hit the first pitch she saw with two outs in the sixth to break a 2-2 deadlock.
“She helped us get our first run with a hit over the leftfielder’s head and in her next at bat came through with a home run,” said Poole. “That was really key because they weren’t on low pitches; they were on pitches up in the zone a little bit. She had been struggling a good bit to get a good piece of the ball and for her to be able to get two solid hits back-to-back was really positive.”
Senior Melissa Laliberte (Cobourg, Ontario, Canada) allowed single runs in the first and fourth innings but struck out five and walked one to get her 14th win of the season (14-7). UNCG’s Vanessa Angel took the loss (8-14).
UNC Greensboro took the lead early and after Hall tied the game, immediately went back on top thanks to a homer from Brittany Ausley. Georgia Southern wasted little time in tying the score in the fifth on a two-out single by senior Aubrey Thweatt (Georgia, Vt.), followed by a triple from sophomore Nina Iduate (Norcross, Ga.).
Iduate went 2-for-3 to record her fifth multi-hit game in her last eight outings.
Ausley and Whitney Sirois each had two hits for the Spartans.
Up next for GSU is a mid-week home doubleheader against Georgia Tech. First pitch is Wednesday at 2 p.m.
- Category: Softball
- Published on Sunday, 13 April 2008 00:05