HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The UCA softball team won two games Sunday to win the Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic with a 3-1 record.
The two victories, which improved UCA’s overall record to 4-1, came in completely different fashion as UCA ran past Rhode Island, 10-2, and then had to claw their way back to defeat the Golden Eagles 10-9.
UCA used a pair of four-run innings to get a bit of payback against Rhode Island, as they avenged Saturday’s 6-5 extra inning loss by defeating the Rams 10-2 and enforcing the run rule Sunday morning.
The bottom half of the order was responsible for most of the havoc placed on Rhode Island pitchers in the win. UCA’s No. 6-9 hitters combined to go 9-for-11 with 4 RBI at the plate and scored nine of the 10 runs.
Lissa Avitia chipped in a three-hit effort to go along with an RBI and three runs scored. Stephanie Lasley provided a nice spark, as well, going 2-for-2 with 3 RBI and two runs scored. Kelvon Greer, who entered as a pinch runner in the third inning after a Tiffany Roby single, went on to have a 2-for-2 effort.
Cami Newsome was credited with the victory for UCA, improving her record to 2-0. Taylor Barclay, seeing her first action of the season, pitched three shutout innings in relief and earned the save.
Trailing 7-1 after five innings, the UCA offense rallied for nine runs over the last two innings to get their second win on Sunday.
Melissa Bryant led the way offensively for the Bears, going 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game. Lissa Avitia added a pair of hits with an RBI and Lasley finished 1-for-2 with two RBI.
Newsome picked up the win in relief for UCA. With the victory, her record now stands at 3-0.