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February 26, 2014

No-hitter and home runs highlight Lady ‘Canes weekend sweep of Fort Valley State

FORT VALLEY — The Georgia Southwestern softball team traveled to Fort Valley State to play in a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. Between a combined no-hitter by Ashley Cavender and Allison Pastor, and the two home runs by Chelsea Littlejohn and Nellie Moore, the Lady 'Canes were able to sweep the Wildcats.

A top-notch performance was seen by Cavender and Pastor, who split credit for throwing a no hitter in the first game of the doubleheader. Cavender took the win after pitching  three innings and striking out three. Pastor finished the game by pitching the final two innings, striking out four of the six batters she faced.

The game had an eventful start. Erin Steele was the first batter for GSW to make it on base after a walk. Steele advanced on a wild pitch, and Rachel McElroy was walked. Jordan Miller then advanced by fielder's choice, getting McElroy out. Miller advanced on two separate wild pitches, and the last one allowed Steele to come home. Nellie Moore was the next batter up and sent the pitch over the fence for a long home run to score herself and Miller. The first inning ended with three runs, one hit, no errors, and no one left on base.

During the second inning, the Hurricanes’ Ashley Clifton was able to score off of a wild pitch. The Lady 'Canes’ next scoring opportunity was in the top of the fifth. Moore reached base on an error, then advanced on a pass ball. Clifton then came up and was able to reach on fielder's choice allowing Moore to make it home. Chelsea Hodges followed suit by doubling, bringing in both Suzanna Stokes and Clifton. Chelsea Littlejohn then came up and hit her first home run as a Lady 'Cane, also bringing in Hodges.

The Lady 'Canes ended the game up by nine runs.

Fort Valley's Alexis Ricks took the loss for the game after pitching all five innings. Ricks faced 30 Hurricane batters and allowed four hits and nine runs, two of which were home runs.

The Lady 'Canes were up to it again early in the second game. In the first inning, Allison Pastor singled and was able to reach second on an error. In the process of that happening, McElroy and Steele both scored. Keri Tompkins stepped up next with a single, allowing Pastor to find the opportunity to make it home. The next scoring opportunity came when Clifton singled and Tompkins crossed the dish. Hodges was the next up, and she made it safely to first base by a fielder’s choice and Miller was able to make it home. This inning finished with five runs, four hits, two errors, and one left on base.

Moore added to her stat sheet in the second inning when she hit another home run, also bringing in Littlejohn. Moore now has three home runs on the record for this season, leading the Lady 'Canes.

Fort Valley was finally able to find their way around the bases in the third inning when Asia Buckner hit a home run, also bringing in Bia Stearns. This was the only scoring opportunity for the Lady Wildcats.

The Lady 'Canes were at it again in the fifth inning. McCall Faulkner opened the scoring by making it home on a passed ball. Next Littlejohn singled, then reached second on an error and Steele was able to find her way home. Littlejohn was the last Lady Hurricane to cross home plate on a pass ball, and the game finished with GSW leading by eight.

Lauren Thrasher started the game and pitched the first two innings, giving her the win for the after only allowing two hits and striking out one. Cavender made an appearance for two innings and Pastor finished off the last inning for the Lady 'Canes.

Fort Valley's Ricks took the loss after having pitched the full five innings in the second game as well. Ricks allowed 13 hits, 10 runs, four walks, and one home run.

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