Softball Wins Hornet Invitational with 5-1 Victory Against EIU
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The UNCG softball team used 10 hits and a key four-run first inning to defeat Eastern Illinois, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at the Barbara Williams softball complex. The Spartans went 4-1 to win the 2013 Hornet Invitational.
The Blue and Gold won four-straight games after dropping the opening game against Belmont, 1-0, in eight innings. The Spartans jumped on Eastern Illinois with a four-run first inning and cruised to a 5-1 victory.
Redshirt junior Raeanne Hanks (Rainier, Ore./Rainier Senior) improved to 5-1 on the season after throwing six innings, allowing just one earned run with seven strikeouts. Hanks finished the tournament with 27 innings pitched with a 0.26 ERA and 35 strikeouts.
Freshman Danielle Vega (Rialto, Calif./Aquinas) paced the Spartans with a 3-for-4 effort, including a double and an RBI. Vega finished the tournament with a .588 batting average on 10 hits, four doubles, three runs scored and an RBI.
In the top of the first, Eastern Illinois had a chance after an error put Melise Brown on second with no outs. An illegal pitch moved Brown to third followed by a great play from senior Heather Robb (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek) to nail the runner at the plate. Reynae Hutchinson reached on a fielder's choice and was picked off first by freshman catcher Lindsay Thomas (Irvine, Ca./Northwood) to end the inning.
UNCG broke the game open with a four-run bottom of the first inning. The Spartans quickly put runners on first and second after back-to-back singles from junior Aisha Figueroa (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) and Vega. Thomas roped an RBI double to right center to give UNCG a 1-0 lead. After a fly out, senior Eileen Horsmon (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) laced a RBI double off the left field wall to make it 2-0 Spartans. Freshman Chelsea Strandlund (Victoria, B.C./Lambrick Park) loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch. Classmate Allison Geiner (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) worked a walk, followed by a wild pitch to give UNCG a 4-0 advantage after one inning.
Eastern Illinois cut the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth after a two-out RBI single from Hannah Cole. Hutchinson reached base with a one-out single then stole second base. Cole singled up the middle to put the Panthers on the board.
The Spartans answered in the bottom of the fourth with three-straight singles from sophomore Tatiana Alcala (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica), Figueroa and Vega. Vega picked up her second hit with the RBI single to score Alcala.
In the top of the seventh, freshman Nicole Thomas (Irvine, Ca./Northwood) came in relief to finish the game. Thomas worked out of a jam by getting a groundout and a lineout to third base to end the inning.
UNCG returns home to host the 2013 Spartan Classic next weekend at the UNCG Softball Stadium.
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