Warriors Split Against Tusculum Pioneers

Warriors Split Against Tusculum Pioneers

Greenville, Tenn. - The Warriors split against the Tusculum College Pioneers on Saturday afternoon. Southern Wesleyan won game one 4-2 to give Head Softball Coach Becca Staton her 50th career coaching win.  The Warriors lost the second game in a final score of 9-1.


In game one, Lizzie Fela and Sara Sweatt led the Warriors with two hits each.  Fela hit not only her third and fourth home runs of the season in the win, but hit her first three-run home run of the season. Fela led the Warriors in RBIs with a total of four. Starting Pitcher Josie Edwards only allowed two hits and had a total of four strikeouts in her first complete game of the season.


In game two, the Warriors were once again led by Sara Sweatt in hits with two. She was followed by Tiffany Cathey who had the only other hit of the game. Fela had the only RBI of the day. Sweatt was also the only Warrior to steal a base in game two.  Hunter Hoskins started game two for the Warriors and went three innings before Lucy Wolff came in to pitch in relief.


Game Vitals:

Final Game One: Southern Wesleyan 4, Tusculum 2
Final Game 2: Tusculum 9, Southern Wesleyan 1
Record: Southern Wesleyan (3-13 / CC 0-0) Tusculum (11-9)
Coach Staton Says...
"We had a great first game.  I am so proud at how the team performed today.  Josie pitched her first complete game and got the win.  The team had quality at bats at the plate and made the plays we needed to on defense to get the win.  The second game didn't go quite like we hoped, but I'm very proud at how much heart and determination was shown out there today.  We are looking forward to starting up conference play this upcoming week against Emmanuel."



How It Happened

Game One:

Tusculum was quick to start the first game when they put up one run on the board in the first inning. However, Senior Lizzie Fela was very quick to strike back with a first pitch home run for the Warriors in the second inning to tie the game at one apiece.


The game flat lined until the top of the fifth inning when Lizzie Fela came up to bat again with Becca White and Sara Sweatt on the bases.  Fela went long once again, giving herself her first 3-run home run of the season and giving the Warriors a 4-2 victory over the Pioneers. 


Game Two:

The Tusculum Pioneers were once again first the strike in the second game of the afternoon to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.  In the second inning, after having runners get on the base pads on a fielder's choice and two bunt singles, a double by Michelle Miller put the Pioneers up 4-0. Later, Taylor Johnson would hit into a fielder's choice and send Miller home to extend their lead over the Warriors to 5-0.


In the top of the third inning, Lizzie Fela would come to bat with the bases loaded with Tiffany Cathey, Sara Sweatt, and Alex Oliver on. Fela grounded out to third to bring Sweatt home and give the Warriors their only run of the game. In the third and fifth inning the Warriors gave up four more runs and ultimately lost due to the run-rule to end the game in the fifth inning with a final score of 9-1.


What's Next

The Warriors return to Varsity Field Tuesday, March 7 to play Emmanuel at 4 and 6 pm in their first Conference Carolinas games of the season. They take the road again and travel to Catawba on Saturday, March 11 at 1 and 3pm.