GREENWOOD – The Lander softball team rallied twice in the seventh inning, but fell in a home doubleheader in non-conference action against Wingate, 8-6 and 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Doug Spears Field.
Lander (16-14) travels to rival Erskine for a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs (24-8) got on the scoreboard first in game one, scoring a pair of runs in the third inning and putting up six in the fourth to grab an 8-0 lead.
Lander answered in the bottom of the fourth as Sydney Grimes' RBI single up the middle scored Ashley Vinson to put the Bearcats on the board. Brianna Surrento pulled the Bearcats closer with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth as Wingate held an 8-2 lead entering the seventh inning.
Trailing by six, Lander put a pair of runners aboard in the bottom of the seventh before Wingate recorded two outs. Morgan Watson walked to load the bases and Jamie Pisel was hit by a pitch to make the score 8-3. Kasey Rogers followed with an RBI single and Grimes followed suit, singling to left to cut the deficit to 8-5. After a Wingate pitching change, Chandler Carey was hit by a pitch to score Pisel and bring the Bearcats within two. However, Rachel Weidner induced a groundout from Surrento to end the game.
Wingate's Aubrey Reep (11-3) earned the win, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits in 6.2 innings with four walks and four strikeouts. Weidner recorded the final out to earn her first save of the year. Vinson (6-7) took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work. Surrento tossed 3.1 scoreless innings of relief for Lander, limiting Wingate to just three hits.
In game two, Wingate cashed in with two outs in the top of the third and seventh innings, plating two runs in the third and three in the seventh, all with two outs.
Lander once again rallied late as Kelli McCormack cleared the bases in the bottom of the seventh with a double and scored on Watson's ensuing single to pull Lander within one before Weidner ended the game with a fly out to left field.
Weidner (12-4) earned the win by allowing four runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Abby Killian (9-5) suffered the loss for Lander, allowing five runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and one walk.