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TIFTON -- The Abraham Baldwin Fillie softball team continued to struggle Tuesday. Head coach Donna Campbell's team was swept in a doubleheader by the visiting North Florida Lady Sentinels, 3-2 and 8-2.

"Right now we are a 1-9 team and we are playing like one," Campbell said. "We are squandering opportunities, we can't produce hits and we can't take advantage of some very good pitching."

Jackie Moore went the distance in game one, allowing three earned runs, striking out five and giving up seven hits.

"Right now, Jackie is 1-4 with an 0.46 earned run average. She has been great, but we have not been able to get her any runs or help in the field for her," Campbell said.

In game one, ABAC's only two runs came in the fifth inning.

With two outs, Stefanie ten Hoope reached on a fielder's choice. Amy Davenport then walked to put runners on first and second.

After a single by Jamie Sorrow loaded the bases, Melissa Botelho singled to score ten Hoope and Davenport.

Botelho went 2-for-3 to lead ABAC at the plate. Sorrow and Candace Keel added the other two hits.

In game two, the pitching combination of Molly Busbee and Kim Farris gave up five walks and 13 hits. But the duo allowed only two earned runs. Three errors and a passed ball led to the other six North Florida runs.

ABAC avoided the shutout with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Kathy Watkins walked to lead off the frame. One out later, Davenport knocked her in with a triple down the left field line.

Davenport then scored on a single up the middle by Sorrow.

The two hits in the inning were significant as ABAC only had five in the entire game.

"It has simply come down to us not getting any hits. We can't produce hits and that is my biggest concern right now," Campbell said.

"The good thing about all of this is the things we are doing wrong are fixable. With repetition we can field the ball better and hit the ball better."

With her team struggling, the ABAC head coach said the squad has not been helped by the tough schedule.

"We have played several tough teams and I know it has been difficult. But I was hoping we were at the point in our program, were we should be competitive in February," said Campbell.

"Right now I am disappointed, but I am hoping things will get better."

ABAC will be back on the field tomorrow at South Georgia College in Douglas. Game time will be 2 p.m.



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