Softball Splits with Spartanburg Methodist in Region X Matchup

Clement Pitches
Clement Pitches

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Louisburg Hurricanes split a doubleheader on the road with the Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers this Thursday. It was the first meeting of the two teams this year. 

Game 1 (LC 4 – SMC 2)

In the first game of the twinbill, the Hurricanes (14-6) quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead when they put up a pair of runs in the top of the first inning off Pioneers' starter, Elizabeth Josey. They repeated the trick in the top of the third when they scored twice more to make it 4-0 going into the bottom of the inning. 

Spartanburg (16-17) quickly responded with two of their own in the third, coming off Hurricanes' starter, Mary Anna Clement. Those were the only runs they could manage as Clement spread out seven hits over seven innings and allowed just one earned run, when she yielded a two-run homer to the Pioneers' Whittney Purdy. Teammate Mckinley Johnson was on base for SMC and scored an unearned run on the round-tripper from Purdy. 

Offensively for the Hurricanes, they received hits from Clement, Olivia Garman, and Summer Phillips.

Clement went on to earn the win. Josey was saddled with the loss after pitching just two innings before getting relieved by sophomore Charlsy Taylor. 

Game 2 (SMC Pioneers 3 – Louisburg 0)

In the second game, Spartanburg got on the board first, pushing across a run in the bottom of the second off Louisburg pitcher, Savannah Jackson. SMC then scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Hurricanes couldn't respond in the top of the seventh, and fell 3-0 to the Pioneers.

For Spartanburg Methodist (16-15), Charlsy Taylor earned the win in convincing form by yielding five hits and no runs.Monica PepeOlivia GarmanK'Lea ParksSummer Phillips, and Jackson had hits for the visitors. For the Pioneers, they received two hits from Purdy, Dienna White, and Emma Williams to help seal the victory. 

Next Up: The Hurricanes are off for a week before traveling to face USC Salkehatchie on April 7