The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

April 14, 2014

Wesleyan edges CU twice in softball

The Concord University softball narrowly dropped a pair of games to No. 17 West Virginia Wesleyan, 2-1 and 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Culpepper Field.

Brantlea Wood led the Mountain Lions (24-16, 8-10 MEC) on the afternoon with a 2-for-5 outing that included a run scored, a home run and two RBI. Wood’s home run was her second of the weekend. Freshman Lauren Lewis went 2-for-6 with a double, a run and an RBI.

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Jacqui Omichinski held the Concord offense to one run on two hits and struck out five batters. Concord’s Allie Reid (13-6) threw five innings, scattering two runs on nine hits and walking one batter.

Omichinski broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with a single that brought in Brooklyn Waddell from third base in what turned out to be the game’s decisive run. Freshman pitcher Sarah Herndon tossed a scoreless sixth inning to keep Concord’s deficit at one run, but the Mountain Lions’ offense could not deliver the game-tying run as the Bobcats (28-8) hung on for the 2-1 win.

Concord scored a run in each of the first three innings of game two, but could not maintain its advantage. Wood’s RBI double, extended Concord’s lead to 3-0.

Rebekah Honce’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning capped the Bobcats’ comeback, clinching the victory.

The Mountain Lions return home for their final homestand of the season beginning with a doubleheader against Wheeling Jesuit at 3 p.m. Thursday in Athens.

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