Mustang Softball splits doubleheader with UAPB

Pine Bluff — Returning to the field for the first time since March 10, Central Baptist College softball took on the Golden Lions of the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff yesterday in a doubleheader at the Torii Hunter Softball Complex. CBC (10-12) split the doubleheader with UAPB (3-25), dropping game one 3-2 before posting a 7-0 shutout in game two.

UAPB ended game one on a walkoff in the seventh. The Mustangs dominated game two, pounding out 12 hits en route to the win.


UAPB grabbed the lead off starter Hannah Work in the first and gave CBC a 1-0 deficit until the fifth, when the Mustangs finally broke through. Caroline Byers would tie the score with a sac fly in the top of the inning and then in the sixth, Savannah Sanford gave CBC a 2-1 lead with a double. The Golden Lions would tie the game at two in the bottom half before winning the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Work was the tough luck loser, scattering 10 hits and allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings while striking out one. Emily Cole pitched the final .2 innings and walked one while also striking out one.


The Mustangs struck quickly in game two, scoring four in the second to lead 4-0 early. An RBI triple from Tobi Finley opened the scoring, followed by an error and a two-run double from starting pitcher Averie Ayers. Sanford would add to the lead with a single in the fifth to make it 5-0 and then Byers would single in a run in the sixth to make it 6-0. Another Sanford single in the seventh brought the score to its final tally. Ayers was brilliant in the circle, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout, walking just two while striking out five.


CBC opens American Midwest Conference play on Friday afternoon when they head to William Woods for a doubleheader. First pitch from Fulton, Mo., is scheduled for 2 p.m.