Danielle Swygert's walk-off grand slam sparks Anderson (S.C.) to sweep
ANDERSON, S.C. -- Danielle Swygert hit a walk-off grand slam in Game 1 and drove home the go-ahead run in Game 2 to lead Anderson (S.C.) to a sweep of their South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader with Tusculum on Tuesday afternoon. The Trojans (27-9, 7-5 SAC) won the opener 6-3 and took the nightcap 4-2.
The Pioneers grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run home run by Nicole Ball, only to see the Trojans string together four singles to pull within 3-2. With the bases loaded and one out, Swygert pulled a grand slam down the line in right to cap the five-run rally and give Anderson the win.
The comeback spoiled a fine performance from Tusculum starter Kelly King (13-9), who had held the potent Anderson lineup to one run on five hits through the first six innings. King finished the game with five strikeouts and no walks, marking the fourth consecutive start that she has not issued a base on balls.
Anderson starter Katelyn Howser (9-4) took a no-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the top of the sixth inning before giving up the no-hitter, shutout and lead to Paige Sneed, who went deep with her third home run of the year to tie the game at 1-1. Howser finished the game with four strikeouts and two walks for the Trojans.
Neither team had a hit until Jessica Neidigh delivered a single with one out in the third inning, and King had to pitch out of a second-and-third jam by retiring SAC home run leaders Molly Child and Abby Child on infield grounders.
In the fourth, the Trojans threatened again as Swygert and Courtney Czentnar led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice, King escaped further trouble by getting two more ground ball outs to keep the game scoreless.
Anderson finally broke through in the fifth as Neidigh singled with one out, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Abby Child to give the Trojans what turned out to be a brief 1-0 lead.
After Sneed's homer tied the game in the sixth, Tusculum grabbed the lead in the seventh as Tavi Parris walked with one out and scored on Ball's third home run of the year which gave the Pioneers a 3-1 lead. However, the Trojans loaded the bases on singles in the bottom of the seventh, and Abby Child singled to cut the margin to 3-2 ahead of Swygert's game-ending slam.