Lady Hawks reach 26 wins for third time during NCAA era

Catcher Kaci Cochran makes a play at the plate to help the Huntingdon softball team preserve a 3-2 lead in Game 1 against Agnes Scott on Wednesday.
Catcher Kaci Cochran makes a play at the plate to help the Huntingdon softball team preserve a 3-2 lead in Game 1 against Agnes Scott on Wednesday.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Huntingdon softball team earned two wins against Agnes Scott in a conference doubleheader on Wednesday.

The Lady Hawks won the first game 3-2 and completed the sweep with a 3-1 win in Game 2. With the two wins, Huntingdon pushed its season record to 26-12.

The 26 wins are tied with the 2011 team for the second most by the program during the NCAA era and two short of the program's NCAA-era record of 28 wins in 2012.

Lauren Melton (8-4) earned the win in both games. Melton struck out four, gave up six hits and did not allow a run in 4 2/3 innings of relief in Game 1. In Game 2, Melton pitched her sixth complete game of the season, striking out four, walking two, scattering three hits and allowing one unearned run in seven innings.

In Game 1, Huntingdon took a 2-0 lead in the first inning before Agnes Scott tied the game 2-2 in the second inning. The tie stood until the fifth inning when Caitlyn Caffee singled to drive in Rayne Ellis for the go-ahead run.

After giving up two runs in the second inning, pitching and defense came through for Huntingdon during the final five innings. Agnes Scott loaded the bases in the third and fourth innings but the Lady Hawks were able to end each inning without allowing a run.

In the sixth inning, with Huntingdon leading 3-2, Huntingdon catcher Kaci Cochran made a play at home plate to end the inning and preserve the one-run lead.

Ellis finished the first game 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run, Caffee had two hits, two RBIs and a double and Lydia Lewis had two hits and two stolen bases. Alyssa Singleterry had a triple and scored one run and McKenzie Ridgway scored one run.

In Game 2, Singleterry scored Huntingdon's first run on a sacrifice bunt by Ridgway in the first inning. An RBI single by Hannah Vines drove in Madison Perryman to make it 2-0 in the second inning before MacKenzie Smelley drove in Lydia Lewis for the final run in the fifth inning. Lewis finished the game with two stolen bases.

                     

Records: Huntingdon (26-12, 11-3 USA South); Agnes Scott (5-27, 2-12 USA South)