Samford blanks Elon in first round
by Staff Reports
GREENSBORO -- Samford pitchers Shelby Scott and Misha Aldridge combined to limit Elon to five hits en route to a 8-0 game one victory. The Bulldogs will face No.1 seed Appalachian State at 5 p.m. tonight.
Abby Adams went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer for the Bulldogs, while Callie Brister went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and Alex Adams added a two-run double. Aldridge earned the win for the Bulldogs, throwing four innings of shut out ball with two strikeouts.
Tomeka Watson went 2-for-3 with a walk for the Phoenix, while Chelsea White and Keri Pervell combined to strike out 10 Samford batters.
Samford (15-33, 6-18 SoCon) started the game with consecutive singles by Megan Dowdy and Kayla Shaffer before Alex Adams sent a one-out double down the left-field line to put the Bulldogs in front 2-0.
Samford's Shelby Scott did not allow a hit to the Phoenix (21-31, 8-14) until Elon's Tomeka Watson sent a two-out double to left center in the bottom of the third. After giving up three singles in the first inning, Elon's Chelsea White did not allow another hit to the Bulldogs until Abby Adams sent a three-run blast over the left field fence in the top of the fourth to push Samford's lead to 5-0.
Elon tried to mount a rally in the bottom of the fourth. An error, a hit-by-pitch and a walk loaded the bases with no outs for the Phoenix. However, Aldridge came on in relief of Scott and retired the Phoenix in order to get out of the jam and preserve the Bulldog's 5-0 lead.
Samford added to their lead in the top of the seventh. Caroline Seay struck out but reached on a passed ball, then stole second and scored on a throwing error by Elon's third baseman to extend the Samford lead to 6-0. Two batters later, Callie Brister sent a two-run homer over the fence in right-center to give Samford an 8-0 lead, which would be the final.