Home runs by Jillian Hewes in one game and Kiley Kross in the other spurred Presbyterian’s doubleheader sweep of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro on Sunday afternoon.
The Blue Hose prevailed by scores of 6-1 and 8-0. The winning pitchers, Jenna Greene and Haley Haselden, each improved to 2-0.
Greene tossed a complete game in the opener and allowed just a pair of hits. Haselden tossed her second straight complete-game shutout in the finale, blanking the Aggies on 5 hits while also tying her career high with 8 strikeouts.
Hewes had multiple hits in both games and drove in a pair for the day. Her home run in the first game was her second in as many games. The freshman has had multiple hits in three of her first four games as a collegian.
The Aggies’ Jai Deese scored the only run and collected 3 hits in the two games.
The Blue Hose (4-0) return home to begin an 11-game homestand with a 4-game series against Cleveland State on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27.
Kori Lawrence, a junior forward, emerged from a scrum in front of the net and fired a shot past the goalie in the 83rd minute to give the Presbyterian women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Radford on Sunday afternoon at Martin Stadium.
The Blue Hose earned their first victory over the Highlanders (1-1) since 2015 and open the season 1-0 for the first time since 2017.
In the first 45 minutes, Radford outshot Presbyterian, 6-3.
On Lawrence's scoring chance, which came at the 82:19 mark, the Benson, N.C., native fired a shot that was initially blocked by a Highlander defender but she corraled the rebound and found the back of the net.
The Blue Hose were able to limit any Radford scoring chances over the final seven minutes to hold on for the victory.
The Blue Hose return to Martin Stadium next Sunday when they welcome Winthrop for a 4 p.m. start.
In Radford, Va., the Presbyterian College volleyball team grabbed the first two sets, but Radford won the next three to come from behind and claim a 3-2 victory (17-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-10, 15-10) in the opener of the two teams’ Big South Conference series on Saturday evening.
Trinity Williams (15 kills, 11 digs) and Erin Cooke (18 assists, 14 digs) each recorded double-doubles for the third straight match for the Blue Hose.
Williams’ 15 kills were a season high and came on a season-best .286 hitting percentage. She added 11 digs for her third consecutive double-double for Presbyterian (2-4).
Paige Cairns equaled her career-best with 10 kills. As a freshman, Cairns set her career high with 10 kills in the first meeting of the 2019 season between the Blue Hose and Highlanders.
The hosts ran out to an 8-2 lead in the fifth set. PC battled to get within four on several occasions, but could not get any closer as the Highlanders (3-3) sealed the 5-set victory.
The reverse happened on Sunday as the Blue Hose turned the tables on the Highlanders and bounced back from dropping the first two sets on Sunday evening for a 3-2 win (22-25, 23-25, 28-26, 25-23, 16-14) at Dedmon Center.
Erin Cooke (20 kills, 29 assists) and Williams (17 kills, 19 digs) paced the Blue Hose attack and notched double-doubles for the fourth straight match.
Sunday was already PC’s third five-set match of the season. The Blue Hose only had two contests go the distance during the entire 2019 campaign.
Presbyterian is slated for a bye this coming week, and then returns to Templeton Center on March 4-5 for a series against UNC Asheville.
Jaslynn Gallegos won the 116-pound class and led five other PC women wrestlers into the National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Champions at the regional meet, hosted by Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., on Sunday.
Also qualifying, by finishing in the top four, were Samantha Miller, Morgan Norris, Jorie Richardson, Cassandra Lopez and Lillian Humphries.
The nationals will be hosted on March 6 by Tiffin (Ohio) University.
The College of Charleston (1-3) defeated the Presbyterian women’s tennis team 5-2 at the Templeton Courts on Sunday.
It was the opener of a 5-match homestand for the Blue Hose (1-5).
“It was a really hardfought match from our team this afternoon," coach Joe Roberts said. “We showed some toughness in some spots and definitely saw some things we need to work on. College of Charleston played very well and handled the pressure a little better than us in some big moments. I can’t wait to get out there against Elon to keep working on the little things.”
College of Charleston used a tiebreaker in the No. 3 doubles matchup to earn the doubles point, though the Blue Hose won at No. 1.
Jessica Leeman got the Blue Hose on the board with a tough 2-set victory that required tie-breakers in both sets. The Cougars used a second-set tie-breaker at the No. 6 singles to earn the match victory.
The guests grabbed a straight-set win at No. 5 singles before Zeba Jamal earned a 3-set victory to give the match its final margin.
Presbyterian hosts Elon with a 2 p.m. first serve on Thursday.