April 11, 2012

Softball sweeps Young Harris, 5-0 and 5-1

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - Hayley Leissner tossed a three-hit, shut out in the first game and the Bearcats scored five runs in the first two innings of the second to claim a non-conference doubleheader sweep Wednesday against Young Harris College at E.D. Rivers Field. Lander won the first game, 5-0, and the second, 5-1.

Lander improves to 26-22 overall, while Young Harris slips to 21-18.

Lander took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Brittney Sheriff tripled, then scored on Chasity Davis' RBI single.

The Bearcats stretched the lead to 3-0 in the second, when, with bases loaded, Casey Corbitt and Arielle Buchholz advanced home on a Young Harris error.

Taylor Donson's RBI double to left centerfield drove in Sheriff in the fourth to make it 4-0 and the Bearcats scored their final run later in the inning when Donson went home via a throwing error.

Leissner (13-12) earned the complete game shutout victory after striking out four and allowing just three hits in seven innings.

Young Harris' Lisa Wilson (6-2) took the loss, striking out three, walking four and allowing one three runs (one earned) on three hits in 2.1 innings pitched.

For Lander, Sheriff and Chasity Davis went 3-for-4.

In the second game, Lander's M.K. Pegram (5-3) notched the win after striking out eight, walking three and allowing one earned run on nine hits in the complete seven innings.

Young Harris' Victoria Sink (9-5) suffered the loss after walking one and allowing five earned runs on eight hits in two innings pitched.

The Bearcats got off to a 2-0 start in the first inning when Jaime Presnell's RBI double drove in Sheriff and Melissa Davis' RBI single plated Presnell.

Young Harris trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on Jennifer Watford's RBI single.

In the second inning, Lander stretched their margin to 5-1 after Donson's double drove in Corbitt, and Presnell's RBI single plated Donson and Alyssa Hartley.

For Lander, Corbitt and Donson batted 2-for-3, while Presnell and Melanie Davis went 2-for-4.

For Young Harris, Watford went 3-for-4, Sydnee Weaver 2-for-3 and Kayla Jones 2-for-4.