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CARSON-NEWMAN BLANKS QUEENS 2-0 TO STAY ALIVE
Photos By Luzny Photography
DAHLONEGA, GA – Carson Newman stayed alive in the NCAA Division II Southeast Dahlonega Regional Sunday morning at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium with a 2-0 win over Queens University.
The Eagles (37-10) scored single runs in the second and fifth inning to eliminate the Royals, who finished the season with a 26-25 mark.
“I’ve been saying all season that we need to score 2-3 runs and our pitching will give us a chance,” Queens' head coach Stacey Schramm. “If we score three (today), we win.”
The game was dominated by pitching and defense as the two teams combined for just nine hits. Carson Newman’s Mary Shealy and Queen’s Chantel Dodge both worked complete games in the early morning matchup that was setup due to heavy rains Saturday night that forced a pair of loser’s bracket games to be postponed.
Shealy finished with a three-hit shutout, with two walks and two strikeouts. She worked low in the strike zone most of the game, which resulted in 15 ground ball outs and just four fly balls.
Dodge matched her pitch-for-pitch for most of the game, allowing just six hits and no walks while striking out three.
“She always gives us a chance,” said Schramm about Dodge. “We just couldn’t get things going offensively and if you don’t score, you can’t win.”
Shealy also did some damage with the bat, driving in both of the Eagles’ runs.
Carson Newman got on the board in the top of the second inning. Shealy came up with a clutch hit, singling to center with two outs to drive home Whitney Durham, who had reached earlier in the inning on a fielder’s choice.
Queens had a chance to tie things up in the bottom of the second, putting runners on second and third with one out but Shealy stuck out Megan Rollins and got Keeya Turner to fly out to center to end the threat.
“We just couldn’t get a clutch hit,” said Schramm. “Their pitcher did a great job of keeping us off-balance. That’s a tribute to her (Shealy).”
In the fifth inning, Shealy put an insurance run on the board when she hit a solo home run to left field to make it 2-0. After that, the Eagles relied on pitching and defense to send the Royals home. Queens had just one hit in its final three trips to the plate.
Shealy finished the game off with a perfect seventh inning, recording the final three outs on ground balls.
Shealy finished the game with two hits, two RBI and a run, while Ashley Boyd had a pair of hits. Bri Shoemake and Sara Little had the other two hits for the Eagles. Amanda Bowman, Beth Richie and Megan Campbell had the hits for the Royals.
Carson Newman meets Francis Marion in an elimination game Sunday at 12:30 p.m., with the winner moving on to the championship round to take on No. 1 ranked North Georgia Sunday at 3 p.m.