Junior Amanda Bowman had six hits to pace the Royals, who improve to 21-22 overall and 12-6 in the conference. Senior Kari Kmetic added four hits and a team-high four RBI. The Queens pitching staff combined to allow only nine hits over 12 innings while not allowing an extra-base hit.
Freshman Kaitlin Harris paced the hosts with three hits, but the Lady Knights still had their four-game win streak in conference play snapped, falling to 18-25 overall and 8-8 in the league. Freshman Lex Cowger added two hits and two stolen bases.
The Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament seeding and game times will be announced this evening by the league office. Coker College will host the 2009 conference tourney in Hartsville, S.C.
Game 1: Queens 5, SAPC 4
Queens built a five-run lead in the opener and freshman Chantel Dodge took a perfect game into the sixth inning before St. Andrews scored four in the final two frames to cut the lead to one.
Dodge retired the first 16 Knights batters before Harris hit a clean single to center field. Harris, who was 2-for-2, sparked St. Andrews as the Knights had four singles in the sixth and scored three runs to break up the shutout bid.
Junior Nicole Bailey hit an infield single before Cowger drove in SAPC’s first run on a base hit that plated Harris. Junior Sarah Applegarth followed with a single to left that scored Bailey. Cowger later scored the Knights' third run on a delayed double steal with Applegarth.
The Knights pulled to within one with another run in their final at-bat. Junior Kailee Munden led off with a single and later scored on a two-out single by Harris.
Royals junior Megan Campbell broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with a two-run single. Campbell added a sacrifice fly in the fifth to increase the lead to three runs. Queens increased its lead to 5-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, including one on an RBI single by sophomore pitch hitter Carrie Beth Richie.
Bowman had four of the Royals' 10 hits. Dodge passed the 250-strikeout plateau on her rookie season with eight K’s in the complete-game victory.
Knights freshman starter Ashley Disque tossed a complete game for the Knights but was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs (three earned) over seven innings.
Game 2: Queens 10, SAPC 1
St. Andrews sophomore Jasmine Dobbin started the bottom of the first with a bunt single. Cowger followed with a sac bunt that Dobbin was aggressive on, moving from first to third and scoring on an errant throw to third to give SAPC a 1-0 lead.
The Royals claimed the lead with four runs in the third and then added four more in the fourth to take a seven-run lead. Kmetic had the big hit in each frame with a two-run double in the third and a two-run homer in the fourth.
After a 30-minute delay for thunderstorms in the area, the Royals scored two more runs in the fifth on back-to-back run producing doubles by freshman Keeya Turner and senior Mary-Lee Guirintano, which ended the game after a scoreless home half with the NCAA eight-run rule.
The Royals had 11 hits, including Kmetic going 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Giurintano and Bowman both notched two base hits. Sophomore starter Brittany Stephens moved to over .500 on the season at 8-7 with a three-hitter that featured two strikeouts.
SAPC junior starter Sara Applegarth took the loss allowing all 10 runs over five innings.