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Concord Earns Split at WVIAC Preseason Favorite West Virginia Wesleyan

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The Concord University softball team split a pair of extra-inning games against WVIAC preseason favorite West Virginia Wesleyan Wednesday afternoon at Culpepper Field. Concord took game one 4-2 in nine innings before losing the nightcap 3-2 in eight innings.

The Mountain Lions' record now stands at 14-17 overall and 2-4 in the conference while the Bobcats sit at 16-10 overall and 3-1 in league play.

Sophomore Jessica Seymour extended her hitting streak to four games after combining to go 2-for-6 on the day against Wesleyan with three runs scored, one RBI, one double and one home run; her third of the year.

Seymour has scored six runs for the Mountain Lions in their last five games and ranks second on the team in both batting average (.348) and on-base percentage (.383).

Wesleyan struck first with a home run by Jaquie Omichinski in the bottom of the second inning, but Seymour answered right back with a home run of her own on the first pitch she saw in third inning. Seymour's solo shot would be the last in regulation as the game headed for extra innings with the game tied at 1-1.

Both teams added runs in the eighth inning with sophomore Brantlea Wood doubling in senior Stephanie Harper for CU and Wesleyan scoring its run with consecutive sacrifice groundouts, to force a ninth inning of play.

The Mountain Lions registered two more runs in the ninth off of RBI-singles from senior Becca Gleason and sophomore Hayley Wade that scored Seymour and Mack to put Concord up 4-2.

However, the Bobcats seemed poised to win the game when they loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning, but the Mountain Lions' defense and clutch pitching from sophomore Lacey McDougall forced Wesleyan into consecutive fly outs with sophomore Whitney Carrigan catching the second out and proceeding gun down the Bobcat runner at first base for the game's final out.

McDougall (7-8) put in nine innings of work in game one, holding the Bobcats to just three hits, two runs (one earned) while striking out three and walking none to earn the victory.

As a team, CU recorded six hits and four RBI. Morris had two hits while Gleason, Wade, Wood, and Seymour each had a hit. Wade also stole her fifth base of the year.

Concord scored first in game two when, with two outs in the third inning, Seymour reached base with a single to left center that led to Gleason bringing her home with an RBI-double to centerfield, her 18th RBI of the year.

The Mountain Lions clung to their 1-0 lead as McDougall held the Bobcats scoreless and with just one hit until the bottom of the fourth inning when Wesleyan broke the shutout when Rebekah Honce drove a run-scoring double into right field.

After Wesleyan's run, Harper came on in relief of McDougall and went on to throw three shutout innings to help send the contest into extra innings tied at 1-1.

Concord wasted little time scoring in the eighth inning when Carrigan, who was placed on second via tiebreaker rules, was able to cross home off of a Bobcat error on a hit from Seymour, who advanced to third base on the miscue.

However, Seymour would be stranded at third base when Wesleyan pitcher Jaquie Omichinski retired three consecutive CU batters to end the inning.

Honce clinched the 3-2 victory and helped the Bobcats avoid the sweep with a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning.

After playing 31 straight games on the road to start the season, Concord will finally be making its home debut this weekend when it hosts Alderson-Broaddus 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Charleston 1:00 p.m. Sunday.