DEMOREST, GA (03/09/2020)– The Piedmont College softball team upended No. 3 Linfield College, 10-6, to highlight a Saturday split March 7 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Arizona.
The Lady Lions (6-6) used a six-run first inning to take down the third-ranked Wildcats (11-2) before falling, 5-3, in their final game of the day to St. John Fisher College.
Lady Lions team members include Abigail Arrington of Loganville, GA.
Game 1: Piedmont 10, No. 3 Linfield 6
The Wildcats started the game strong, striking for a pair of runs off Piedmont starter Martina Maloch in the top of the first. But the Lady Lions responded in a big way in the bottom of the frame, bringing 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs to regain control of the game.
Micaela Quesada’s bases-loaded walk started the scoring before Mackenzie Davis brought home two runs to give Piedmont a 3-2 edge.
Two more runs scored as Katlyn Andrin reached on Linfield’s second error of the inning before the scoring finally concluded as Macie Allen reached on a bunt single to bring home Andrin.
After an easy top of the second, the Wildcats battled back with two more runs at the top of the third to cut their deficit to 6-4.
Once again, Piedmont answered as Davis led off the bottom of the inning with her first career home run.
The Wildcats once again brought their deficit to just two runs after scoring in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Lady Lions removed all doubt with three more runs in the bottom of the fifth as Perry drove home two more with a double to right field before Hannah Morgan capped the scoring with an RBI single.
From there, Maloch allowed just one runner to reach base in each of the final two frames as Piedmont closed out the top-five victory.
Game 2: St. John Fisher 5, Piedmont 3
Piedmont built off its momentum from the first game as it struck early on Perry’s RBI single in the top of the first.
After Abbey Arrington fired a scoreless bottom of the first, Piedmont increased its lead to 3-0 thanks to two hits and a St. John Fisher error.
However, the Piedmont offense was unable to crack the scoreboard from that point forward as the Cardinals (7-3) began their comeback with a run on five hits in the bottom of the third.
The damage could have been worse, but Arrington stranded the bases loaded with a fly out to right field, ending the threat.
Leading 3-1 going to the bottom of the fifth, the game turned on one swing as Allie Klonowski delivered a three-run home run to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead.
St. John Fisher added an insurance run later in the inning as the Lady Lions were unable to mount a rally in the final two innings.
About Piedmont College
One of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, Piedmont is an independent liberal arts college of more than 2,500 students. The college’s four schools-Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences-develop tomorrow’s leaders by engaging students in the classroom, in their community, and around the world. Founded in 1897, Piedmont offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs at its Demorest residential campus in the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and at its Athens campus in the heart of Georgia’s Classic City.