Hartley Gives UNCP Two Runs In 4-0 Victory
CLERMONT, Fla. – Freshman Brea Hartley went 3-for-4 and scored a run in the third and seventh innings to help the UNCP softball team shutout Northern State, 4-0, at the NTC Spring Games on Sunday afternoon en route to posting its 10th win in the last 13 games.
Hartley was a home run shy of the cycle as she registered a triple to right field in the first inning, a double to left field in the third, a single to center field in the fifth and finally in the seventh she struck out but reached first on the pass ball. Jamie Burwell was 2-for-3 with one run, while Ashley Harrell and Karlee Wilson each posted one hit each. UNCP (10-10) collected four runs on seven hits with three RBI.
Burwell (3-4) started the game for UNCP and was perfect in her first inning pitched and nearly perfect in the second inning as she allowed one hit despite her three strikeouts in those two innings. Natalie Klemann relieved Burwell in the third inning and finished the game with 10 strikeouts, one walk and two hits as she faced 18 batters.
Burwell struck out one batter in the first inning and two in the second, while Klemann sent two batters back to the dugout on strikeouts in each of her five innings in the circle.
Northern State (4-2) grabbed one hit from Eryn Yancy, Kelsey Robling and Ashley Gabler. Kami Semesmo went all seven innings for the Wolves as she gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and registered two walks and a trio of strikeouts.
Hartley began the opening play with her triple, but was left on base in the first inning. Harrell led off in the third inning with a single to left field and was sent home on the double by Hartley. The second run was scored on an error by the pitcher as Hartley advanced home for a 2-0 lead.
Burwell singled to right field to start the seventh inning and moved to second a stolen base and third on the pass ball that put Hartley on first. A wild pitch scored Burwell and put Hartley on third before a sacrifice bunt by Holly Berry permitted Hartley to cross home plate for the final run in the game.