CHARLOTTE – Junior Starr Gilley retired four batters each in the five innings but allowed Queens to score the game winning run in the sixth inning to deliver the Royals the series sweep of UNCP with the 2-1 victory in game two at Park Road Park.
The Lady Braves (14-27) outhit Queens (22-22) by five as Kellie Van Dyke and Morgan Davis each totaled two hits. Van Dyke notched the only RBI for the Black and Gold, while Karlee Wilson scored UNCP's only run. Queens registered four hits from four different batters.
Gilley (5-14) went all six innings as the starter for UNCP and struck out four as she allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. Jessica Scott started in the middle for Queens and continued for 5-2/3 innings before Amanda Rodriguez finished the final 1-1/3 innings. Scott allowed seven hits and the only earned run along with six strikeouts.
The Lady Braves clinched their only run in the sixth inning as Wilson reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Van Dyke's single along the left field line to put UNCP up 1-0. Noemi Rodriguez doubled in the bottom of the sixth and Megan Lathbury walked to put the winning run on first base. Chantel Dodge scored the first run on a UNCP error with the second run crossing home plate on a single to right field.
Scott retired the first six batters until UNCP posted two hits but left the bases loaded in the third inning. UNCP started the fourth inning with a single and left two on base at the end of the inning after three fielder's choices.
In the fifth inning, Brea Hartley doubled to centerfield and was moved to third as Ashley Harrell reached first on an error by the third baseman, but UNCP failed to score a run. Overall UNCP left 11 batters on base compared to Queens' six.
UNCP will resume competition with North Georgia (35-7, 9-3 PBC) on Thursday beginning in the fourth inning with the Saints leading 2-0 in game one and continue into the second game following the conclusion of the first. The first game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.