Eli Daniel, a freshman from Locust Grove, Ga., high fives Savannah Moore, a junior from Soddy Daisy, Tenn., after a strikeout during a Brenau softball game against Brewton-Parker College on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Eli Daniel, a freshman from Locust Grove, Ga., high fives Savannah Moore, a junior from Soddy Daisy, Tenn., after a strikeout during a Brenau softball game against Brewton-Parker College on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Pacolet Milliken Field at the Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Softball Team Takes First Place in SSAC After Saturday Win over No. 2 William Carey

Apr. 3, 2017
Brenau Staff

The No. 8 Brenau University Golden Tigers softball team rolled past No. 2 William Carey (Mississippi) University to take sole possession of first place in the Southern States Athletic Conference on Saturday in Gainesville.

The sweep of the Crusaders gave the Golden Tigers a conference record of 16-0 and a three-game lead atop the SSAC.

In Game 1, freshman pitcher Kathleen “Eli” Daniel continued her stellar play with a complete-game shutout. The Locust Grove, Georgia, native struck out 14 batters en route to a 2-0 win.

After three scoreless innings, the Golden Tigers put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Savannah Moore, a junior from Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, led the offense with an RBI. Daniel then went to work, holding the visiting Crusaders to only two hits.

In Game 2, the offense scored four runs off of Crusader starter Hannah Moak in a big fourth inning to roll to a 5-3 victory.

Moore continued her strong day going 2 for 4 with one RBI, while freshman Autumn Conaway from Guyton, Georgia, added three RBIs. Sophomore Lexi Cash from Toccoa, Georgia, went 1 for 4 with an RBI, and junior Mackenzie Oliver Mullis from Carnesville, Georgia, added a hit and a stolen base.

Daniel again pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and two runs with seven strikeouts for her 30th win of the season.

“The team showed a lot of heart and played to the level I knew they were capable of to sweep the doubleheader from a very talented William Carey,” said head coach Devon Thomas. “Eli Daniel pitched two stellar games, and good defense and timely hitting allowed us to come away with the victories. It was a total team effort, and I am very proud.”

Brenau (37-5, 16-0 SSAC) next faces Martin Methodist (Tennessee) University on April 7 in Pulaski, Tennessee, for a 5 p.m. doubleheader.

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