DUNCAN, S.C. – The Valkyries softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games to Claflin (21-24) University on Wednesday afternoon at Tyger River Park. Converse (3-45) fell 8-0 in game one before surrendering a 9-0 score in the nightcap.
GAME ONE: CONVERSE 0, CLAFLIN 8 (5 Innings)
Claflin struck for a pair of runs in the top of the first following RBI hits from Shaquailla German and Deandra Ealey. The Valkyries half of the first started promising as Jena Massing earned a four-pitch walk, but a strikeout and caught stealing quickly put an end to the threat.
That Panthers lead doubled to 4-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the second, the big hit coming by way of a triple from Kayla Cato. After the third inning went by quietly, Claflin tacked on two unearned runs in the top of the fourth to extend the advantage to 6-0.
CU added two runs in the fifth inning and held Converse scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, enforcing the 8-run rule and taking game one by the final of 8-0.
GAME TWO: CONVERSE 0, CLAFLIN 9
The Panthers took an early 1-0 lead in game two following a single run in the fourth inning. Converse looked poised to tie the game in the bottom of the frame after putting a runner on third with no outs. However, a lineout and two pop outs ended the threat and sent the game to the fifth with Claflin leading 1-0.
Inning number six proved very beneficial for the Panthers as they blew the game wide open with six runs on six hits and one defensive miscue by the Valkyries, pushing the lead out to 7-0 heading to the final inning of play.
A pair of runs in the top of the seventh pushed the lead out to 9-0 and Converse went down in order in the home half of the last frame, falling in game two by the same final.
The Valkyries will close out the regular season on Friday, April 20 as they play host to Limestone College at Tyger River Park. Game one is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.