MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – For the first time since 2011, the University of Pikeville softball team has won eight straight games after routing Alfred State (N.Y.) 15-0 in five innings and prevailing over Cazenovia (N.Y.) 6-1 on Thursday to wrap up a spring-break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C..
With the wins, Pikeville moved to 12-6.
Two UPIKE pitchers combined for the shutout win over Alfred State. Magoffin County High School graduate Hannah Skaggs threw three innings to earn the win before handing the game over to Kendra Gannon, who recorded the last six outs.
The Bears were comfortable from the start as they tallied 12 runs in the first inning. Lee Collier, Kitty Raymond, Kelsey White, Emme Barker, Hannah Absher, and Jadyn Gibson all drove in runs for UPIKE during the frame.
Skaggs allowed one hit and no runs over her three innings, striking out one and finishing without a walk. Gannon threw two innings in relief and didn't allow a hit with one strikeout.
Megan Claypoole led UPIKE with two hits in two at bats as it outhit Alfred State 8-1 overall and didn't commit an error. Raymond and White delivered doubles for the Bears while Collier and Chandler Kelly both stole two bases.