AMERICUS, Ga. – The Lander softball team suffered a pair of one-run defeats at the hands of Georgia Southwestern in a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.
The Bearcats (19-11, 3-5 PBC) fell to the Hurricanes (15-18, 4-4 PBC) 6-5 in game one and 5-4 in 10 innings in game two.
Lander opened the scoring in the top of the first inning of game one as Kelli McCormack doubled home Sydney Grimes and came around to score on a ground out from Halie Sorrow, but the Hurricanes answered with a three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead.
Grimes evened the score with an RBI single in the top of the second that plated Dariean Ward and McCormack drew a bases loaded walk to put the Bearcats up 4-3, but Georgia Southwestern answered in bottom of the inning to knot the score at 4-4.
Lander reclaimed the lead in the top of the fourth as Jace Bennefield score on a Grimes ground out, only to see the Hurricanes tie the game again in the bottom of the fourth on a solo homer from Mikela Barlow.
Georgia Southwestern took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Barlow, as the Bearcats could not answer over the final two frames, giving the Hurricanes the win in game one.
McKenzi Ferguson (13-4) took the loss for Lander, allowing six runs, two earned, on 11 hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 6.0 innings. GSW's Madason Messer (6-1) allowed five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and two walks to pick up the win.
Sorrow put Lander up 4-0 with a solo home run in the top of the seventh, but the Hurricanes put together a furious rally, plating four runs with the help of two errors in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the 10th inning, when Graysen Sanders singled home Shannon Gibson to win the game.
Ansley Dean (2-4) surrendered two runs on eight hits in 7.0 innings of relief for the win, while Brianna Surrento (5-5) took the loss after allowing two runs on 11 hits in 9.1 innings of work.