Softball – Fri, Mar. 26, 2021
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Stillman College softball team returned to the diamond on Friday, and they faced one of their toughest tests of the season to date, playing host to the NAIA No. 13 William Carey University (Miss.) Crusaders. The Lady Tigers were coming off a win in their most recent game on Tuesday, but unfortunately for Stillman, that momentum did not carry over, and they were unable to find victory.
William Carey (23-7, 8-2 SSAC) picked up a pair of run-rule wins over Stillman (8-18, 0-10 SSAC), as the Lady Tigers dropped game one 9-1 and game two 17-1.
William Carey scored two runs each in the first and fourth innings, and with four more runs in the second frame, the Crusaders built an 8-0 lead headed into the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Kerstie Reynolds singled in Tayla Stowes for Stillman, but WCU got the run back in the top of the sixth, and the game ended in a 9-1 win for the Crusaders in six innings.
Haley Nations (11-3) earned the win for WCU in the circle, while Katie Clifton (2-9) took the loss for Stillman. Nations allowed one earned run on five hits and a walk in six innings, and she fanned eight. Clifton was charged with six runs – though only one was earned – on four hits and two walks in two innings, and she struck out a pair.
All five Stillman hits in the game were singles. Candace Hampton notched a pair of knocks in the game; while Stowes, Reynolds, and Quanesha Presley each had hits as well. Presley Graham drew the lone Stillman walk in the contest.
Game two did not go any better for Stillman. The Lady Tigers yielded a run in the top of the first, and the game was broken open in the second frame. WCU scored six runs in the second, and they added seven in the fourth and three in the fifth. Savannah Mayes scored on a single from Clifton in the fifth for Stillman, but that was all the offense the Lady Tigers were able to muster, as they fell 17-1 in five frames.
Megan Dudenhefer (7-2) picked up the win for WCU. She threw three innings of shutout ball, and she allowed one hit and one walk while she struck out three. Brooklyn Pennington (1-2) was charged with the loss for Stillman. She yielded seven unearned runs on six hits in three innings, she walked three, and she struck out two.
The road doesn’t get easier for Stillman when they return to action on March 30. The Lady Tigers will welcome in the Rams of the University of Mobile (13-12, 6-2 SSAC) – also ranked 13th in the most recent NAIA softball coaches’ poll – to the Stillman softball field for a 2 p.m. double-header