TIFTON -- "It was a Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde for us today."
That was how Abraham Baldwin Fillies softball coach Donna Campbell put her team's performance Tuesday against the Lady Saints of Santa Fe Community College.
ABAC won game one of the doubleheader 1-0, but was defeated by a 5-2 score in game two.
Even after garnering just one hit, the Fillies figured out how to win game one. However, six errors killed the Fillies in game two.
"We played an excellent game in game one, especially on defense," said Campbell. "Then in game two, we came back and absolutely fell apart."
Game one saw ABAC take advantage of Melissa Gail's speed.
After catcher Kelsi Theissen reached on an error in the fifth inning, Gail went in to run.
With two outs and Christy Taylor at the plate, Gail stole second. One pitch later, Gail stole third and came in to score when the catcher's throw went into left field.
Gail, who also started at point guard for the Fillies basketball team, had just rejoined the softball squad. Campbell is glad to have the player she calls "Scooter" back on her team.
"It is good to have 'Scooter' back. Her speed gives us another dimension," said Campbell. "Christy also did a good job of working the count. That gave 'Scooter' a chance to steal those bases."
The coach continued, "what we did was create a run and you have to be able to do that to be successful."
Nicole Jarrell was impressive on the pitching mound for the Fillies. The freshman gave up three hits and struck out two in a complete game performance.
"She did an outstanding job for us," said Campbell. "Elske (ten Hoope) also pitched well in game two, but we didn't help her at all."
Thanks to the six errors, the Fillies were down 5-0 early in the second game. The errors meant ten Hoope did not give up an earned run in her seven innings of work. Besides no earned runs, the freshman gave up six hits.
ABAC did make a comeback late in the game.
A walk to Leah Shiver and a double by Jarrell put runners at second and third with no one out in the sixth inning. Both runners then came around to score when Caroline Cripe doubled. However, that was as close as ABAC would get.
Cripe and Danielle Bertram each had two hits in the game for the Fillies.
The Fillies will be back on the field tomorrow in Albany, facing Darton. ABAC will then take to the road Sunday to face Gulf Coast in Panama City, Fla.
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