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Averett softball drops USA South doubleheader to Methodist Saturday afternoon

Methodist took Game 2 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh…

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Methodist University softball picked up wins of 3–0 and 7–6 to sweep a USA South Conference doubleheader against Averett University Saturday afternoon.

Methodist (12–15, 4–2 USA South) held a 6–4 lead over Averett heading into the Cougars’ final at-bat. Senior Anna Coleman kicked off a late rally with a lead-off single to right field and senior Hannah Thompson worked a walk to put the tying runs on first and second base. Freshman Salem Hill pulled Averett (13–9, 4–4) within one on her RBI single to right and senior Lauren Johnston knotted the score at 6–6 with her run-scoring sacrifice bunt.

However, Meaghan Himes sent the Monarchs to the walk-off victory and sweep with her RBI single up the middle.

Hill got the Cougars out to the early lead in Game 2, smacking a two-run double to give Averett a 2–0 heading into the bottom of the first. Sophomore Chloe Horton pushed the Cougars’ advantage to three with her RBI sacrifice fly to left in the second.

Methodist found an answer in the third, tagging Averett for three runs to knot the score. Kayleigh Raynor got the Monarchs on the board with her RBI single up the middle and Haley Fethke made it a one-run contest with her sacrifice fly to right. Sophomore Maria Kollar tied the game at 3–3 with her bases-loaded walk.

Freshman Peyton Lowery broke the tie in the fourth with her single that scored junior Emily Fugate and gave the Cougars a 4–3 lead.

Himes knotted the score at 4–4 with her RBI single to left in the fifth and Rebekah Haigler pushed the Monarchs back in front with her two-run base knock through the left side.

Hill led Averett in the closer with three RBIs.

Himes and Haigler led Methodist with two RBIs apiece.

Brittany Jones got the win in the circle, allowing one hit and surrendering no runs in an inning of relief.

Game 1 was a pitcher’s duel with Methodist scoring the only run over five innings. That changed in the sixth as an Averett error brought the Monarchs’ second run in and Bethany Junker rounded out the scoring with her RBI single to short.

Junker brought in the game’s first run with her run-scoring single in the third.

Horton led the Cougars with a pair of hits in the closer.

Junker drove in a game-high two runs on a game-best three hits for the Monarchs.

Jones got the win in the opener, throwing seven innings of four-hit, shutout ball while striking out four.

Thompson was solid in the circle for Averett, scattering five hits and striking out eight.

Averett returns to action April 6 when it hits the road for a USA South doubleheader against Mary Baldwin University at 2 p.m.

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