VIENNA, W.Va. -- West Virginia State picked up two wins on the opening day of the West Virginia Conference softball tournament at Jackson Park, while the University of Charleston split its two games.State overcame a 3-0 deficit en route to a 5-3 win over Alderson-Broaddus in the opening game, then shut out Shepherd 8-0.UC lost its first game to Shepherd 7-2, then stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament with a 4-2 win over A-B.STATE 5, A-B 3: The Battlers jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage thanks to a Regan Drake's RBI double and Vanessa Bodily's two-run home run. Desiree Giffin got the Yellow Jackets on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Dee Dee Loftis singled home two runs, knotting the contest at three.
State took the lead for good in the fifth on Mattie Best's sacrifice fly and added a run in the sixth. Anna Eggleston came in and worked 61/3 innings for the Yellow Jacket victory, scattering four hits while striking out four. Ali Neace took the loss for A-B.STATE 8, SHEPHERD 0: Sara Pelegreen tossed a three-hit shutout, helping West Virginia State down Shepherd in six innings in the Jackets' second game of the tournament.
The Yellow Jackets scored seven runs on three hits in the seventh, giving Pelegreen more runs than she needed to pull off the victory. Alana Weyant homered to center, driving in Mattie Best for a 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Sabrina Schouten was hit by a pitch and Victoria Crawford earned a walk, pushing the State margin to 4-0. Desiree Giffin's double to center cleared the bases for a 7-0 edge. The Yellow Jackets ended the game with the mercy rule when Schouten singled home a run in the bottom of the sixth. Shannon Lyons took the loss for the Rams.State will face Fairmont State at noon today.
SHEPHERD 7, UC 2: Shepherd jumped on top 5-0 in the first inning as the Rams pulled off a victory over No. 2 seed Charleston.
Shannon Lyons went the distance for the Rams, giving up just two runs on three hits for the victory. Courtney Fain took the loss for the Golden Eagles.Savannah Snyder blasted a two-run shot to start the scoring for Shepherd while Taylor Bolton doubled home two runs in the frame. The Rams tacked on two more in the third behind Taylor Schaefer's two-run homer to center field.The Golden Eagles managed just one hit until the seventh frame. Katelyn Hamilton singled before Ayla Santos launched a two-run shot to left for the only UC runs of the game.UC 4, A-B 2: Charleston overcame an early deficit to defeat Alderson-Broaddus in a conference tournament elimination game.
After walking, Vanessa Daniels scored on an error to give the Battlers a 1-0 advantage. The Golden Eagles tied the game in the third when Jenna Evans doubled to left and came home to score on a bunt, knotting the game at 1-1.In the fifth, Evans doubled and eventually scored on Kendal LeFrancois' bunt while Katelyn Hamilton doubled home Angel Withrow to give UC the lead for good. Morgan Aguirre earned the win for UC, giving up just one earned run. Hannah Whitney took the loss for the Battlers.
Charleston will face West Virginia Wesleyan this morning at 10.