GSW’s Martin breaks Lady ‘Cane hitting record in UNCP sweep
Published 11:53 am Wednesday, April 12, 2017
From STAFF REPORTS
AMERICUS – Sophomore, Joshlyn Martin, broke the Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) softball NCAA-era record for most hits in a season in the Lady Hurricanes’ sweep over UNC Pembroke on April 10 at Lady ‘Canes Field.
Martin went a combined four-for-seven at the plate to record her 62nd hit and recorded two RBIs in each game.
GSW is now 22-28 overall and 7-13 in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). UNC Pembroke moved to 24-25, 5-17 in the PBC.
The Lady Hurricanes kicked off game one of the series with a bang when Martin, Allee Denney, and Sabrina Sieber hit consecutive RBI singles in the first inning to give the Lady ‘Canes an early three-run lead.
UNC Pembroke was able to score two runs in the second off a single up the middle to fall by one run.
Emily Smith scored off a wild pitch in the fourth and the Lady ‘Canes scored six more in the sixth for an eight-run advantage. Martin, Denney, and Sieber hit consecutive RBI singles again before Ella Hawkins added an RBI double, Smith and Brittany Davis each hit RBI singles to get GSW’s 10th run and end the game.
Mikela Barlow went two-for-two at the plate with two runs. Hawkins was two-for-three with one run and one RBI and Martin, Denney and Sieber were all two-for-four with two RBIs apiece.
Gibson captured her seventh win, pitching six innings and facing 23 batters. Gibson struck out two batters, walked two, and scattered five hits and two runs.
The Lady Hurricanes continued the onslaught in game two of the afternoon when Denney scored GSW’s first run in the second off a sacrifice fly and Smith came in off a single from Martin in the third to lead 2-0.
UNC Pembroke scored in the fourth off a single to left field and GSW scored two more in the fifth.
Martin doubled to right center to bring in Barlow and Denney singled to right field to plate Martin.
GSW’s defense was able to hold off UNC Pembroke and complete the sweep.
Barlow, Martin, and Denney were all two-for-three at the plate.
Brittany Childs picked up her ninth win, pitching seven innings and facing 28 batters. Childs struck out one batter and gave up eight hits and one run.
The Lady ‘Canes are away for on April 14 for a conference doubleheader against North Georgia starting at 1:00 p.m.