SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Panthers ended their 2012 Spring Break road trip with an afternoon split with a 10-9 win over Wartburg and an 11-2 defeat by Evangel in the final day of the Dave Fillmore Memorial Tournament.
Junior slugger Angie Doherty spearheaded the GC efforts at the plate in Saturday’s double-dip, hitting a combined 4-for-7 with two homers, four runs, and three RBI. Doherty’s performance at the plate helped the Panthers seal a 10-9 win in game one’s slugfest against Wartburg, and her solo shot was one of only three Black & Orange hits in game two against a stingy Evangel squad.
The bats came alive for GC in the Saturday’s opener against Wartburg College (4-14), as Greenville used a late seventh-inning two-run rally to slide past WU 10-9. The Panthers utilized a season-high 13 hits to produce 10 runs with six different women contributing an RBI in the contest. Sophomore Mattie Fairchild went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs, while junior Ashley Sharp delivered a 2-for-4 showing offensively and scored two runs and notched an RBI. Other notables included freshman Amy Sheets’ 1-for-3 effort with a run scored and two RBI, and senior Rachel Brewer’s 2-for-4 posting a the plate that lead to an RBI.
On the mound freshman transfer Jessica Laubecher picked up her first win of the season, hurling seven full innings while dishing two strikeouts with seven earned on only nine hits. Laubecher faced 36 batters in the seven-inning journey and walked only three to keep her club in the game late.
In the capper GC again faced national powerhouse Evangel University, looking to avenge Friday’s 9-0 result. The Panthers hung tough through the top of the fourth inning and trailed only 4-2 heading into the bottom of the frame. Clutch knocks from Doherty and Fairchild helped pace the Panthers early, and steady production from the GC defense and senior pitcher Angela Sheets looked to place the Black & Orange in position for a potential upset. Unfortunately a dormant Evangel exploded in the bottom of the fourth with a seven run shelling that served Greenville an 11-2 margin and the eventual defeat.
Doherty and Fairchild contributed the clubs only hits in the contest, going a combined 3-for-4 with each lady blasting a solo homerun. As a offensive unit the Panthers again stumbled across only three hits and were struck out 11 times, offering little support to the defense.
On the mound senior Sheets pitched 3.1 of the five-inning contest and faced 20 of the 24 Evangel batters. Sheets allowed 10 hits and nine earned with no walks in the loss. Laubecher came in for relief in the bottom of the fourth and faced four with three hits and two earned.
With the split, the Panthers brought their spring break to a going 1-7 over the course of the week. The team looks to bounce back on Wednesday as they host Grinnell College. First pitch is schedule for 4:30.