COLUMBIA, S.C. – UNCG softball (46-12) dropped its NCAA Regional opener to the host school No. 9 seed South Carolina Gamecocks (46-14) on Friday night at Carolina Softball Stadium. South Carolina scored all three of its runs after having no one on base with two outs.
The Spartans will face Hofstra on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the second game of the day. The Pride fell 2-0 to Liberty in 10 innings in the game before UNCG.
"Obviously we’re going to have to go with plan B,” said head coach Janelle Breneman. “Our intent was to come out and win this ballgame, and it didn’t happen. We are going to make some adjustments and be ready to play tomorrow morning."
South Carolina got its first run in the second inning with the ball not even leaving the infield. With two outs the Gamecocks drew back-to-back walks and then hit consecutive infield singles for the run.
The other two runs came in the next inning. After a two-out walk, a double to centerfield put two runners in scoring position. Following a two-hour weather delay, another RBI-infield single brought home both runners.
UNCG’s only hit in the game came in the third inning with a leadoff single up the middle by Rachael McClaskey. The Spartans had runners on second and third base in the first inning following a pair of walks and wild pitches, but consecutive strikeouts ended the threat.
Alicia Bazonski went 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Bazonski became the new leader in program history in career appearances (148), passing Winn Hazlegrove (92-95) and also tying Hazelgroze for first in career starts (120).
Stephanie Bryden recording the last two outs. Inheriting runners on first and second base with one out, Bryden struck out the first batter she faced and got a fly out on a leaping catch by centerfield Jordan Gontram.