Miles Fans 15 as Eagles Rout Spartans
STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern Softball (27-24, 15-5 SoCon) utilized two superb pitching performances to take two wins over UNCG (19-26, 7-10 SoCon) on Friday night, April 22nd, at Eagle Field. Senior Brianna Streetmon (Winder, Ga.) allowed just four hits and no earned runs in the Eagles' 3-1 win to open the series. Allie Miles' (Dacula, Ga.) dominant pitching performance in game two allowed the offense to thrive in a 8-0 victory in six innings. Miles struck out 15 of the 20 batters she faced in the one-hit shutout victory.
On Saturday, Georgia Southern honors its four seniors who play their final home regular-season game at Eagle Field. Kelly Burnett, Bethany Crenshaw, Megen Smith and Brianna Streetmon will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony prior to the 1 p.m. series finale against UNCG. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:40 p.m.
"It's a great night to be an Eagle," said Head Coach Maggie Johnson. "After a tough weather delay, I'm so proud of the focus we were able to maintain through both games. We are playing good softball right now and will work to continue to improve down the stretch."
Miles finished with a career-high 15 strikeouts, just two shy of matching Aimee Littlejohn's total of 17 set in 2002 against Campbell. Miles would have had a chance to go for the record in the seventh, however Georgia Southern's eighth run of the game ended the contest after six innings of play. Her total ranks third on the single-game strikeouts list and she needs just two more strikeouts to reach the top-10 on the Georgia Southern single-season strikeout chart. Miles 145 strikeouts this season leads the Southern Conference.
The Georgia Southern offense was in full swing on Friday, touching the Spartans for 15 total hits, five for extra bases. Junior Marie Fogle (Rincon, Ga.) notched her second triple of the season and was 3-for-7 in the doubleheader with three RBI. Junior Hanna Ennis (Snellville, Ga.) also posted three RBI with a double. Sophomore Kayla Brooks (Jonesboro, Ga.) continued to swing the hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a RBI in game two.
The start of the series was delayed three hours due to thunderstorms. The Eagles opened the scoring in game one with a double down the rightfield line by Fogle. The play scored Alexa Lewis (Lawrenceville, Ga.), but Jorie Walker (Dublin, Ga.) was cut down at the plate trying to score. The throw allowed Fogle to reach third and score on the next play off a sacrifice fly by Ennis for a 2-0 Eagle lead.
UNCG bounced back in the fourth to plate their only run of the game off Streetmon's throwing error. With a runner on second, Kaitlin Merkt's grounder back to the circle was fielded and thrown away. This allowed April Langley to score the unearned run and slice the Georgia Southern lead to 2-1.
Ennis recorded her second RBI in the game an inning later in the fifth to put the Eagles up 3-1. The junior shortstop ripped the ball to the power-alley in right and brought Lewis home from second base.
Three runs was all Streetmon needed to pick up her 11th win of the season. She allowed just four hits and used only 98 pitches to give the Eagles their fourth-straight league win.
The evening's second game belonged to Miles. She threw her second one-hitter of the season, spoiled only by a double down the left field line en route to a 8-0 Georgia Southern victory. Miles recorded nine of her strikeouts in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Georgia Southern scored its 11th shutout of the season and the fourth for Miles. She has not allowed an earned run in her last 21.0 innings of work.
The Eagle offense was the beneficiary of three first-inning errors en route to a two-run first frame. Fogle, who reached on a leadoff single, scored as a result of the second baseman's throwing error on a ground ball. Later in the frame, Brooks singled on an attempted sacrifice bunt with runners on first and second. The throw to first base was mishandled by the second baseman which allowed Megen Smith (Springfield, Ga.) to score. As she crossed to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead, another errant throw allowed the runners to advance another base.
Fogle's second triple of the season in the fourth inning allowed Georgia Southern to score three in the frame. With Kelly Burnett (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Walker aboard, Fogle legged out the triple to right-center. As she reached third, a high throw to third left the playing field and allowed Fogle to score on the error and post a 5-0 Georgia Southern lead.
In the fifth, Burnett's single to center brought pinch-runner Breigh Findlay (Macon, Ga.) in to score while Tabby Douberley (Clyo, Ga.) laced a double down the line in left to send Burnett across for a 7-0 GSU lead.
The Eagles finished-off the Spartans in the sixth on Smith's double to left field. The hit scored Ennis from second base and secured the 8-0 Georgia Southern victory.
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- Category: Softball
- Published on Saturday, 23 April 2011 00:02