Shepherd returns from Salem tournament

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Shepherd and homestanding Winston-Salem State split a softball doubleheader on March 13. Winston-Salem State took 10 innings to win the opener, 5-4, and then Shepherd responded with a 14-3 win in a game halted after five innings because of the mercy rule.

The Lady Rams were 10-8 overall and Winston-Salem State was 13-11 overall.

Winston-Salem’s winning run in the 10th inning of the opener scored on an error. Both teams had scored single runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.

Shepherd only had seven hits with both Jess Mason and Tayler Schaefer getting two hits. Schaefer’s hits were doubles.

Tricia Bettura was the losing pitcher.

In the nightcap, the Lady Rams collected 17 hits. Schaefer was 3-for-3, Savannah Snyder was 3-for-4, Kris Durham was 3-for-4, Delaney Bell was 2-for-2, and Bianca Biondillo was 2-for-4.

Sam McQuade had three RBIs as did Bell. Schaefer, Durham, and Biondillo had two RBIs.

Tiffany Biggs was the winning pitcher with a five-inning three-hitter that featured seven strikeouts.

In a weekend tournament in Salem, Va., Shepherd suffered a 5-0 shutout loss to Kutztown after winning a first game against the Golden Bears, 4-3.

Biggs fanned nine in the nine-inning win, improving to 5-2. Mason had an RBI single that plated Snyder in the ninth of the 4-3 win. Mary Kociencki had a six-hit shutout against the Lady Rams in Kutztown’s win. Bettura was Shepherd’s losing pitcher. Kutztown was 17-1 overall.

On Saturday, Shepherd defeated Chowan again, beating the North Carolina nine, 3-2, in eight innings and then tripping Shippensburg, 2-1, in another game.

Sam McQuade had a two-run homer versus Chowan. Biggs improved her pitching record to 6-2. Biondillo had a solo homer against Shippensburg as Bettura had a complete-game four-hitter. The Red Raiders were 3-2 overall.

In its final game at Salem, the Lady Rams fell to California (Pa.), 12-1, and returned to Shepherdstown with a 13-10 overall record.

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