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SWU gains split in Smash Hit finale

The Warriors’ first four games at the Smash Hit Tournament all went down to the wire, but when they needed breaks to go their way, it never happened. It finally happened in the final game of the tournament as the Warriors erased a 4-0 deficit and held on to win 9-8.

Heather Seal earned the victory with 1 2/3 of scoreless relief, while King’s Ashley White took the loss in relief. White survived 12 Warriors¹ hits and seven runs in game one to pick up the win in the first game, while her counterpart, Teann Pilgrim took the loss.

The Warriors played their second of three games today against King College and what started out as a pitching duel between Pilgrim and White turned into a slugfest with the Tornado coming out on top 9-7.

Both teams went scoreless for the game¹s first four innings with the Warriors not getting their first hit until the fourth inning. Southern Wesleyan struck first in the top of the fifth inning when Lauren Angel and Chrissa Tatum recorded back-to-back singles. After Shawna Burton’s sacrifice bunt advanced both runners one base, Ashley Ledford drove home both runners with a double. Jovita Bruton kept the rally going as her single scored

Ledford and the Warriors were holding a 3-0 advantage.

The Tornado got two runs back in the bottom of the inning when Kristie Keys doubled home pinch runner Chelsea Osborne and then scored on Emily Bennett’s single. The Warriors had the immediate answer as they rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Melanie Massey and Jamie Johnson had consecutive singles to start things off and then Ashley Curtis, pinch running for Johnson, stole second with Massey standing on third base. Breanna McMillan walked to load the bases and then after Massey came home on a wild pitch, Angel singled to bring home Josie Royal, who was pinch running for McMillan.

Now holding a 5-2 lead, the Warriors were looking to their ace McMillan to close the game out, but the Tornado did not allow that to happen. In the bottom of the sixth inning, King sent 10 batters to the plate with five of them scoring on four hits, three SWU errors, and walk.

Now it was the Warriors who were in the position of having to come back and they did, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 7-7. Ashlee Barber had a pinch hit single to lead things off and Ledford followed with a single which advanced pinch runner Shawna Bruton to second base. Both runners advanced a base when White uncorked a wild pitch that put the potential tying run in scoring position. Jovita Bruton walked to load the bases. After White struck out Massey, Johnson had a RBI single that pulled SWU within one run and kept the bases loaded. Rachel Pacholke struck out, bringing Jessica Schwartz to the plates with two outs and the bases loaded. Schwartz laced a single to left field that scored Ledford, tying the game at 7-7. The Warriors couldn¹t keep the rally going as Angel grounded out to second base to end the inning.

Pilgrim, who re-entered the game on the mound, was trying to keep the Tornado scoreless in the bottom of the inning so the Warriors offense could have another chance in the eighth inning. Things didn¹t start off so well as she walked Kara Faidley leading off the inning. Faidley advanced to second base on White¹s fly out to left field and then Katie Nelson flew out to center field. Kristie Keys, who was already 2 for 4 in the game, crushed a shot to deep left centerfield that cleared the fence and gave the Tornado the wild 9-7 victory.

The Tornado jumped out to a 4-0 lead with three runs in the third inning and one run in the fourth inning. The Warriors exploded for their biggest inning of the week as they scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Johnson and Jovita Bruton each contributed to the rally with two run doubles that gave the Warriors a 6-4 lead.

King didn¹t back down as they responded with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to grab an 8-6 and had the Warriors staring at another devastating loss. The Warriors were resilient as their bats got going in the bottom of the sixth inning. Seal started the rally with a double and then Ledford’s single to centerfield advanced Seal to third base. Ledford then moved into scoring position when she stole second base. After Chrissa Tatum grounded out to third, Shawna Bruton drove home Seal with an RBI single to

left field. The Warriors stayed aggressive on the base paths as Bruton stole second base and Ledford stole home to tie the game. After Jovita Bruton was retired by strikeout, Lauren Angel singled and Shawna Bruton scored to give SWU the 9-8 lead.

All that was left was for the Warriors to shut down the Tornado offense for one inning and they did that, although not without a little scare. Keys walked to start the inning and advanced to second on Megan Lilley’s sacrifice bunt. Faidley then singled, which advanced Keys to third base, and stole second, putting the winning run in scoring position for the Tornado. Southern Wesleyan was not about to let another one get away as Amanda Crumpler popped up to the catcher and Emilee Edelman flew out to left field

to end the game.

After the Warriors return from Savannah this weekend, they’ll return to conference play this Tuesday when they travel to face Emmanuel College. These two teams met back on March 14 with the Warriors winning both games by scores of 3-2 and 7-4.