LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University softball team almost pulled off an upset against rival UNC-Pembroke (15-4) on Wednesday in game one of a double header. The Lady Knights couldn’t complete the comeback, falling 8-7 in game one before getting steamrolled 13-1 in game two.
Game One: UNCP 8, SAU 7
Game one began with UNCP jumping out to a 4-0 lead before the Lady Knights answered with two runs of their own to make it a 4-2 Lady Braves lead at the end of the third. UNCP added three more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to lead 8-2.
St. Andrews took advantage of some uncharacteristic errors by the Lady Braves in the bottom of the sixth to score four unearned, trimming UNCP’s lead to 8-6. Lady Knights senior pitcher Kori Ballard led off the seventh inning with a solo home run, her second of the season, to trim UNCP’s lead to one.
The Lady Knights had their opportunity, but couldn’t push across the tying run as they dropped the hard-fought game.
Ballard (4-5) threw three and 2/3 innings for the Lady Knights allowing four runs off five hits and three walks. Freshman reliever S.K. Brown finished the game giving up four runs off seven hits and recording one strikeout.
Offensively, St. Andrews was led by freshman Brennan Broadaway who had two doubles. In total, the Lady Knights had seven different players collect. St. Andrews registered five extra-base hits in the one-run loss as senior catcher Brooke Sikes and senior outfielder Mekayla Valentine also hit doubles.
Game Two: UNCP 13, St. Andrews 1
St. Andrews freshman pitcher Brennan Broadaway (3-5) threw two and 2/3 innings allowing seven runs off eight hits and one strikeout. Broadaway was replaced by reliever Nancy Amos after a six-run third inning but the Lady Knights in a hole. Amos allowed two unearned runs in her 2/3 innings. S.K. Brown finished the game getting the final five outs, but not before allowing four runs off three hits.
UNCP outhit St. Andrews 14-6 in the victory. St. Andrews freshman catcher Taylor Baker drove in the Lady Knights lone run..
The Lady Knights (8-12) will host Div. II rival Converse College (S.C.) on Saturday in a 1 p.m. in double-header action.