LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant softball team dropped a pair of games to USA South foe Piedmont on Saturday afternoon. Piedmont took game one 9-1 in six innings before taking the lead late in the second game for an 8-5 victory.
Covenant drops to 5-6-1 overall and 0-4 in conference play. Piedmont is now 5-3 and 2-0 inside the USA South.
GAME ONE: Piedmont 9, Covenant 1
One inning made the difference in Saturday's first game as Piedmont produced an eight-run fourth inning and would cruise to a 9-1 victory.
Covenant managed just three hits in the game as Piedmont's Sarah Walker (2-1) went all six innings allowing one run with four strikeouts. Kasey Hart, Shannon Schmitt and Kat Andrews had one hit apiece. Andrews drove in Covenant's only run with a single in the fifth inning that plated Kaitlyn Sirmons.
After being limited offensively through the first three innings by Lady Scots starter Cris Gant (2-1), the visiting Lions scored eight times on nine hits in the fourth. Allyson Gentry's bases loaded double scored three and Audrey Esakoff hit a two-run home run to highlight the frame.
Hannah Hoban, Josie Coker and Laura Carter had two hits each for Piedmont.
GAME TWO: Piedmont 8, Covenant 5
In Saturday's second game, Covenant rallied from a 4-0 deficit, but Piedmont scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to come away with an 8-5 win and a doubleheader sweep.
Piedmont scored a run in the first and three more in the second for a 4-0 lead. Covenant responded with three runs in the bottom of the second to make it 4-3. Madison Quirk tripled home Morgan Lane with one away and Kendall Whann followed with an RBI double. Madalyn Ames produced an RBI ground out to cap the three-run inning.
In the fourth, Covenant tied the game at 4-4 when Quirk came around to score from second after Tyler Epes struck out and Sirmons got in a run-down between first and second.
But in the fifth, pinch hitter Anna Lee Stone doubled home two runs for the Lions to take the lead back at 6-4. A Schmitt double in the bottom of the fifth enabled Jordan Brett to score and cut the Covenant deficit to 6-5, but a two-run home run by Hoban in the sixth proved to be too much for the Lady Scots.
Andrews made the start for Covenant and went two innings before giving way to Epes. Epes (1-2) went five innings allowing four earned runs. Whann finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Walker (3-1) also picked up the in in game two for the Lions as she relieved starter Audrey Esakoff in the fourth inning. Walker went four innings and did not allow an earned run. Hoban and Carter had two hits apiece offensively for Piedmont.
Covenant will travel to Mary Baldwin on Friday, March 11. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m.
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