MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Huntingdon softball team used strong pitching and two timely home runs to sweep North Carolina Wesleyan on Saturday.
The Lady Hawks beat the Battling Bishops 1-0 in Game 1 and 6-2 in Game 2 for their seventh USA South Athletic Conference sweep of the season.
With one conference doubleheader remaining, Huntingdon (21-12) is 17-5 in the USA South and second behind ninth-ranked Piedmont. The conference tournament begins on April 11 in Rocky Mount, N.C.
The Lady Hawks are scheduled, weather permitting, to close out conference play at home on Sunday with a doubleheader against Methodist.
Junior Morgan Goshorn and senior Jenna Rimensnyder combined for two home runs and six of Huntingdon's seven RBIs on Saturday. Goshorn was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, four RBIs and a run in the doubleheader and Rimensnyder hit a two-run homer in Game 2.
Pitchers Brooke Meadows and Katy Messick combined for 21 strikeouts in 14 innings of work. Meadows (10-4), who leads the conference with a 0.96 ERA and is tied for second with 108 strikeouts this season, threw a three-hitter, walked one and struck out 14 in Game 1. Messick (8-3) followed up with seven strikeouts in Game 2. The junior scattered six hits and allowed two unearned runs.
In Game 2, Huntingdon scored five runs on two swings of the bat. Rimensnyder's two-run homer made it a 2-1 game in the third inning and Goshorn's three-run home run made it 6-1 in the fifth inning.
Ashlee Zachmeyer drove in Huntingdon's other run with a single in the fifth inning. Daisha Henderson, Zachmeyer, Kaitlynn Wiggins and Ashley Johnson each scored one run and Amy Caroline Riley was 2-for-3. Henderson had two stolen bases in Game 2.