Braves Drop 3-1 Decision To Coker
FLORENCE, S.C. – After having its six-game win streak snapped earlier in the day by Lenoir-Rhyne the Braves dropped a 3-1 decision to Coker College in their final game of the 2009 Patriot Invitational on Sunday, as UNCP finishes out the tournament with a 4-2 record at the event.
Pembroke (13-15) collected only five hits in the game, grounding out 15 times over the course of seven innings. Brittany Marsh was credited with the loss for the Black & Gold, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Whitney Landwermeyer pitched the seventh inning giving up two hits and striking out two.
The Cobras' Sydney Greenwalt frustrated Braves' hitters all game long, allowing only one run on five hits and striking out one. However, it was Greenwalt's defense that stood out, earning 12 of Coker's 16 assists on ground outs. Shelly Catlett picked up the save for the Cobras, retiring the only batter she faced in the bottom of the seventh.
UNCP started the scoring in the game, posting a run in the first inning on a Candace Evans single that plated Morgan Patrick. Coker would answer in their half of the second with two runs, scoring on a passed ball and a Haleigh Rogers single. After two innings the Cobras would hold a 2-1 lead.
Anna Oswald added an insurance run for the Cobras in the top of the seventh, hitting a single to left that drove in Rogers from second. UNCP could not post any runs in the bottom half of the frame and fell by the final of 3-1.