ANDERSON, S.C. — The Lady Railsplitters needed a boost after suffering a 15-6 five-inning setback — their worst loss in over a year — to the Anderson Trojans in Wednesday’s opener and junior Amanda Snow provided a pick-me-up by twirling a complete-game five-hitter to lead Lincoln Memorial to a 6-2 win in the second game of a South Atlantic Conference softball double-header. The Lady Railsplitters move to 19-10 overall and 5-3 in SAC play with the split, while Anderson is now 24-8 on the season and an even 4-4 in league tilts.
Anderson 15, Lincoln Memorial 6 (5 innings)
Anderson jumped on the Lady Railsplitters early, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first behind a Danielle Swygert RBI single to drive in Molly Child, who reached on a one-out walk.
That one-run flourish was only a prelude to a huge second frame for the Trojans. Bri Cason led off with a double and Jessica Neidigh poked an infield single to put two runners aboard for Molly Child, who connected on a three-run blast to extend the lead to 4-0. Swygert drew a two-out walk to restart the rally and Courtney Czentnar finished it with another long ball, this time to dead center field to knock LMU’s deficit up to 6-0.
Laura Taricano and Emilee Solomon singled in the top of the third, while Meredith Johnson was hit by a pitch, eventually resulting in a bases-loaded at-bat for Snow. The Knoxville product reached on an error back to the pitcher to trim the gap back to 6-1.
The Trojans continued to pour it on in the home half of the third as Neidigh drove in a run, while Child blistered another three-run homer to climb out to a 10-1 advantage. But the Lady Railsplitters responded with an even bigger inning in the top of the fourth.
Kelly Drier reached on a fielder’s choice to put a runner of base for Taricano, who blasted a two-run homer over the left-field wall to make it 10-3. The Lady Railsplitters continued to push as Jennifer Moose singled, Solomon walked and Jaclyn Cokeroft reached on a throwing error to load the bases. Snow drew a walk to force home another run, while another miscue by the Trojan defense on a ball put in play by Kirstin Toole resulted in two more runs. The Lady Railsplitters had an opportunity to do more damage in the frame, but Payton Bruce lined out to second base to end the threat.
Lincoln Memorial stranded three runners in the top of the fifth and Anderson put the game away in the home half of that stanza. Swygert doubled in a run and Laura Janksy singled in Swygert to extend the lead to 12-6. But it was a three-run single off the bat of Charlotte Sieber that invoked the run rule.
Sophomore Samantha Smith was on the hook for the loss as she allowed 11 hits and 10 earned runs in three innings of work to fall to 11-5 on the season. Toole was solid in relief, surrendering only four hits and one earned tally in one and a two-thirds innings pitched.
Mulkey was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, while Moose went 2-for-3 with two base hits and a run. Taricano notched two RBI and a run while going 2-for-3.
Lincoln Memorial 6, Anderson 2
After the Trojans collected 15 hits in the opener, junior right-hander Amanda Snow limited Anderson to only five hits and two runs in a complete-game gem. Snow worked around four walks and struck out five batters to improve to 3-1 on the rubber.
The offense provided a load of early run support for Snow thanks in large part to a shaky defensive effort by the Trojans. Anderson committed three first-inning blunders to pace a five-run scoring outburst for the Lady Railsplitters.
A miscue allowed Solomon to reach in the first at-bat of the contest, while Mulkey singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. After a strikeout, a wild pitch plated Solomon, Toole drew a walk and Bruce singled through the left side to make it 2-0. With two runners on, Cokeroft put a ball in play back to the pitcher and the Trojan hurler threw it away. Another error by the Anderson right-fielder during the aftermath of that throwaway allowed all three runners to score, propelling the Lady Railsplitters to a 5-0 cushion.
Jansky put the Trojans on the board with a two-out, solo home run in the fourth, while Swygert contributed an infield, RBI single in the fifth.
That was all Anderson would get though, while the Lady Railsplitters added an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Solomon doubled to lead off that frame and came around to score on a RBI single off the bat of Toole.
Moose built off of her two-hit outing in game one by going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in the finale, leading the Lady Railsplitters’ eight-hit attack. LMU’s one through five hitters (Solomon, Mulkey, Snow, Toole, Bruce) additionally added one hit apiece.
The Lady Railsplitters return to Dorothy Neely Field for a SAC double-header against Newberry on Saturday at starting at 2 p.m.