DAY TO REMEMBER. Nash Central alum Lindsey Sharpe was among the honorees last weekend when the North Carolina Wesleyan College softball squad held its annual Senior Day ceremonies. (Photo Submitted by NCWC)
ROCKY MOUNT -- Head Coach John Brackett and his North Carolina Wesleyan College softball team honored their 2017 senior class last Sunday afternoon before wrapping up regular season play versus USA South foe Greensboro.
The Bishops and Pride proceeded to split their doubleheader, with GC taking the opener 4-3 and NCWC running away with a 10-4 win in game two.
Prior to game one, Wesleyan recognized seniors Abigail Leonard, Brittany Manning, Lindsey Sharpe, and Tiffany Manning.
With all four starting and playing key roles, the Bishops came up just short in a 7th-inning rally that pulled NCWC to within one and stranded the tying and winning runs at first and second.
Sharpe suffered the loss, while Brittany Manning went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Game two saw sophomore Shelby Godwin (8-7) tally the win on the mound after getting plenty of offensive help from her teammates. Junior Peyton Hyler led the way with a 4-for-4 showing at the plate with a home run and five RBI.
Previously on Saturday, Wesleyan split a league twinbill on the road at William Peace.
The Pacers took game one by a 7-0 tally before NCWC bounced back for a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
Sharpe (1-3) picked up the complete-game victory in the circle and blasted a solo home run in the sixth to help her own cause.
Wesleyan (18-18 overall) finishes USA South play with a 13-9 record and has secured the #4 seed in the 2017 USA South Tournament, which is slated to begin this weekend.
The Bishops will travel to #3 Ferrum College for a best-of-3 series that kicks off with a doubleheader on Saturday.
Game three (if necessary) is slated for Sunday.
NCWC BASEBALL: Sophomore Cedrick Kornegay went 5-for-6 with his first career home run and five RBI on Sunday, helping his Battling Bishop baseball team secure a 15-6 win over Piedmont College and avoid the series sweep.
The Lions (15-15, 5-10 USA South) had previously taken the first two games on Friday and Saturday by 8-1 and 3-2 scores, respectively.
Looking to avoid the sweep on Sunday, Wesleyan opened up an 8-0 lead in their first three at-bats, beginning with a two-run single by freshman Brad Pennington in the second.
Pennington plated two more with a double in his next plate appearance, while senior Tony Sanchez's two-run single capped a 6-run third for the Bishops.
The Lions countered with a pair in the bottom of the frame, but the Bishops plated the game's next six runs to go up 14-3, with the latter three coming on Kornegay's blast in the sixth.
The offensive explosion was more than enough for starting pitcher Nate Gardner (3-2) who went eight complete, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and striking out three.
Freshman Michael Smith tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the game.
In addition to Kornegay's career day, Trey Croom and Caleb Narron notched three hits apiece, while Pennington finished 2-for-4 with four driven in.
NCWC GOLF: N.C. Wesleyan's golf team continued its stellar spring season over the weekend at the highly competitive Marine FCU Invite hosted by Camp Lejeune. Sophomore Grady Anderson finished 1-under for the tourney to help NCWC tally a 4th-place finish.
The three-round tournament began with 31 teams that were split into separate fields after two rounds of play. By carding team rounds of 279 and 294, the Battling Bishops qualified for the Gold Championship on Sunday, competing with the likes of nationally-ranked Oglethorpe (#4) and Methodist (#6).