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Shawnee State (20-8, 12-6) swept the Cavaliers of University of Virginia at Wise (19-23, 5-11) with strong pitching performances from Ali Thompson of Franklin Furnace and Allie Chapman.
The Bears jumped on the Cavaliers early in the first game. Shawnee State scored a run in the top of the first and top of the second innings to give them an early 2-0 lead.
Uva-Wise got on the board in the bottom of the third inning but that would be all Thompson allowed. Thompson (10-4) pitched seven innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out eight batters.
The Bears scored again in the top of the sixth and that was enough for Thompson as she controlled every aspect of the game.
Thompson also went 2-for-3 in the game with a run scored and an RBI helping herself out on the mound. Ericka Leighty had the only other Bear multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as well. Kelsey Jenkins of Wheelersburg had the other Shawnee State RBI.
The bats exploded for the Bears in the second game behind another strong pitching performance from Chapman.
The Cavaliers did jump on Chapman in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs scoring the game’s first runs to take a 3-0 lead.
However, the Bears scored 11 runs in the final three innings behind a 3-for-4 performance from freshman Katy Bender with three runs scored and four RBI’s. Leighty chipped in, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
Senior Jourdan Priddy went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored helped the Bears overcome a 3-0 deficit.
While Shawnee State seemingly scoring at will in the last few innings, Chapman continued to shut down Uva-Wise. After allowing a three run third, Chapman didn’t allow another run to cross the plate.
Chapman (3-1) finished throwing six innings allowing three runs but only one was earned on six hits and striking out two.
The Bears are on the road again as they will travel to Belle, WV to take on West Virginia Institute of Technology April 14 in a double-header affair that is set to start at 3 p.m. Shawnee State will return home on April 17 to take on University of Pikeville in a MSC clash.