DECATUR, Ga. -- After dropping game one of Wednesday's USA South doubleheader, the Covenant softball team rallied in the nightcap with three runs in the seventh to hold off Agnes Scott, 9-8, at Oakhurst Park.
Agnes Scott took a 7-4 victory in the first game.
Covenant (8-15, 3-3 USA South) snapped a seven-game losing streak with the game two victory. Erika Mast had five hits and six RBIs in the two games.
GAME TWO: Covenant 9, Agnes Scott 8
Covenant scored three runs, all with two outs, in the seventh inning to break a 6-6 tie and would hold off an Agnes Scott rally in the bottom of the inning to hold on for a 9-8 win in Wednesday's finale.
The Scots tallied a season-high 17 hits in the victory, but needed to come from behind to earn the series split. Down 6-4 in the sixth inning, Covenant scored two runs as Cassee Wood's RBI single plated Shelby Ralston to tie the score at 6-6.
In the seventh, Covenant scored three runs, all of them coming with two outs to take the lead for good. Mast delivered a clutch RBI triple to score Carlin Labuzan from first to give the Scots a 7-6 lead. Faith Manning followed with an RBI double and Ralston continued the inning with a run-scoring single to make it 9-6.
The host Scotties scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Lulu Klecan got Kayla Spinks to fly out to end the threat and preserve the win for the Scots.
Manning went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Wood was a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI. Mast added three hits and three RBIs in five at-bats. Aileen Hill and Labuzan had two hits apiece.
Covenant took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Manning produced an RBI single in the first inning before Mast singled home two runs in the second.
Klecan (2-0) got the win in relief after throwing the final 3.2 innings. The freshman scattered seven hits and allowed three runs. Sarah Huskey made the start in the circle and went 3.1 innings.
KayLeigh Fitzgerald had three hits, while Alexei Young homered for a second straight game to lead Agnes Scott (3-21, 1-7 USA South) offensively. Kayla Quesenberry (0-1) got the loss after tossing five innings in relief of starter Caitlin Weaver, who went 1.2 innings.
GAME ONE: Agnes Scott 7, Covenant 4
A six-run fourth inning was enough for Agnes Scott to defeat Covenant, 7-4, in Wednesday's opener.
Covenant took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Mast drove in Madyson Gibbins and Hill with a single to center field. It was one of two hits for Mast, who finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Covenant out-hit the Scotties 10-9 in the loss. Ralston and Hill also had two hits for Covenant.
Agnes Scott answered with a run in the bottom of the third on a Young solo home run. In the fourth, the Scotties sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs to grab a 7-2 lead. Quesenberry had a two-run double in the inning before RBI singles from Valerie Rivas and Tiara White capped the outburst from the Scotties.
Covenant got a run back in the fifth as Mast doubled home Hill to make it 7-3. In the sixth, Gibbins got the Scots within 7-4 on an infield RBI single, but the Scots would not be able to get closer.
Spinks (2-10) went the distance for the Scotties allowing three earned runs on 10 hits. Nine difference Scotties recorded a hit each.
Covenant continues its road swing on Saturday with a USA South doubleheader at Brevard. Game one is set for 1 p.m.
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