Long Ball Lifts Lady Canes on Senior Day

The Georgia Southwestern softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Brewton-Parker College on Tuesday afternoon at Lady Cane Field.

The Lady Hurricanes' bats were silenced in game one 4-1. However, a pair of two-run home runs by GSW in the third inning led to a six-run frame and paved the way for a comfortable 9-1 victory in the nightcap.

GSW manufactured a run in the first to take an early 1-0 lead in game one. Amanda Howett laced a two-out single to center to drive in Emily Oglesby. That would end the scoring for GSW. Brewton-Parker scored three times in the second and once in the seventh to get the win. The Lady ‘Canes had some chances to score early, leaving two on in the first and the bases loaded with one out in the second. For the game, GSW left nine runners on base.

Brittany Milstid (9-10) took the loss for the ‘Canes. She pitched five innings giving up three runs, two earned, while striking out two. Leah Bennett (9-5) got the complete game win for the visiting Lady Barons allowing the one earned run on eight hits. She stuck out three and walked three.

Heather Chambers finished the game 2-for-3 for the Hurricanes. Ashley Durden had a double.

In game two it was all GSW.

The Lady ‘Canes scored two in the bottom of the first highlighted by a Jennifer Spradley RBI double.

Brewton-Parker scored their lone run in the third inning. GSW answered with an offensive barrage in the home half of the third. 10 batters game to the plate producing seven hits and six runs. Jessi Croft hit her sixth home run of the season on a two-run shot to right field. Three batters later Ashley Harris belted her first home run of '08, a two-run blast, to left field. Spradley chipped in with her second RBI double of the game.

GSW went on to score their final run in the fourth.

Tiffany Milstid (3-4) earned the win going all five innings while allowing the one run. She scattered four hits and struck out one. Elizabeth Poythress (7-1) was handed her first defeat of the season. She was sent packing after 2.2 innings having allowed seven runs, all earned, on nine hits.

Durden led the GSW offense with a perfect 3-for-3 performance in the nightcap. Harris finished 2-for-3 with the home run, a run scored and three RBI.

All four seniors fared well at the plate in their final home game. Jennifer Spradley ended the night with two doubles, two RBI and she scored a run. Emily Oglesby went 2-for-3 with a RBI, scored two runs and stole a base. Jessi Croft had the home run, two RBI, scored two runs and walked. Kassi Reneau went 1-for-2 with a run scored.

With the split, GSW improves to 17-23. The Lady Canes hit the road for the rest of the 2008 campaign. The team travels to Central, S.C. to take on Southern Wesleyan University in a non-conference doubleheader on Friday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

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