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Rally allows Wingate to sweep softball

By Curtis Brooks
Sports Editor

February 23, 2012

Photo by Mindy Hubbard
Junior Mike Williams attempts to pin Newberry wrestler Sean Byrnes on Feb. 7. Williams won a 6-0 decision over Byrnes.

The Black and Gold softball squad took on the visiting Wingate University Bulldogs on Feb. 18 at LRA Field.

Newberry won the first five matches of the night on the way to defeating 17th-ranked UNCP.

The Lady Braves were unable to pull out a victory as the Bulldogs completed the doubleheader sweep in nonconference play by the scores of 4-1 and 5-4.

Game one

The Bulldogs were able to use a pair two run innings in the second and third innings to build an advantage over the home team that ultimately led to a 4-1 win.

Junior Brittany Loudermilt led Wingate's offensive efforts with a 2-for-4 performance from the plate, with a double and a pair of RBIs.

Senior outfielder Joya Wortham went 1-for-3 with a RBI for the Bulldogs.

Freshman Megan Hilliard drove in the Black and Gold's only RBI of the game when she brought home teammate Holly Berry in the fourth inning.

Hilliard went 1-for-2 from the plate on the day.

Junior pitcher Starr Gilley pitched a complete game for the Lady Bravesas she struck out three Bulldog batters, allowing four runs and six hits. Gilley fell to 1-3 on the season with the loss.

Freshman pitcher Miranda Paul got the win for Wingate as she allowed five hits and one earned run.

Game two

Four runs in the top of the seventh inning with two outs on the board allowed for the visiting team to complete the doubleheader sweep with a 5-4 victory in game two.

Sophomore Natalie Klemann pitched 6-2/3 innings and struck out six batters, allowed six hits and three earned runs for the Lady Braves.

Klemann was pulled for relief pitcher Jamie Burwell with a single out left to clinch the victory.

Burwell gave up two earned runs and a trio of hits as Wingate took the advantage before Gilley was sent in to finish the game.

Burwell was credited with the loss and Klemann received a no decision on the day.

"Klemann did a good job and she is slowly getting more and more innings," UNCP head coach Lacinda Melanson said.

"We made a decision just to try and change momentum there coming around the third time of the top of the lineup and it didn't work quite the way we anticipated it," she added.

Wingate pitcher Miranda Paul was credited with her second win of the day after pitching a complete game surrendering nine hits, allowing four runs and striking out four Lady Braves batters in the comeback game two win for Wingate.
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