The Lander softball team scored three runs in extra innings Saturday afternoon to defeat Charleston (W.Va.) University, 4-1, and earn a split of the days’ games at the Charger Chillout hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville at Wilson Morgan Park. Lander lost to Valdosta State, 11-1, in the second game.
Lander, which moves to 5-5 on the season, will play Barry at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by a 3 o’clock contest against Quincy.
Tied at 1-all against Charleston, the international tiebreaker put Hannah Gatley on second base to start the inning. Arielle Buchholz’s sacrifice bunt pushed Gatley to third, Sarah Fuller walked, then Taylor Donson singled in Gatley. Brittney Sheriff reached on an error, which allowed Fuller to score, then Donson went home on another error.
M.K. Pegram (2-0) picked up the win for the Bearcats, striking out six, walking two and allowing one earned run on six hits in eight innings.
For Lander, Donson and Sheriff both batted 2-for-4.
Against Valdosta State, Pegram (2-1) took the loss as she struck out five, walked three and allowed eight earned runs on 14 hits innings.
After Lander took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Bethany Beggs’ RBI single, Valdosta State scored two runs in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and five in the fifth. The game was called due to the eight-run rule.
Donson batted 2-for-3 to lead Lander.