Hager Notches Both Wins As GSC Sweeps DH from USC-Salkehatchie

Faith Hager delivered two wins in the circle for Gordon State as the Highlanders swept USC-Salkehatchie on Sunday, 5-2 and 6-5. (Photo by Village Photography)
Faith Hager delivered two wins in the circle for Gordon State as the Highlanders swept USC-Salkehatchie on Sunday, 5-2 and 6-5. (Photo by Village Photography)

ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Pitcher Faith Hager (Conyers, Ga. / Heritage HS) pitched a complete-game victory in Game 1 and Gordon State rallied for a Game 2 win as the Highlanders swept a doubleheader from the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie, 5-2 and 6-5, in women's softball action here Sunday afternoon.

With the pair of wins, Gordon State improved to 7-9 overall and currenly owns a four-game winning streak.

In Game 1, Hager allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out 12 and didn't walk a batter in the complete-game, seven-inning win.

Hager, who moved to 5-3 win the victory, allowed single runs in the second and sixth innings.

Meanwhile, the Gordon State bats produced a run each in the first, second and sixth innings while put up a pair of runs in the fifth to secure the three-run win.

Breanna Lee (Concord, Ga. / Pike Co. HS) led the way with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate and also scored a run and drove in a run for the Highlanders.

Camden Steele (Jackson, Ga. / Union Grove HS) had a two-hit day for GSC and also scored a run as the Highlanders collected 11 hits in the game.

In Game 2, the two teams battled to a 3-3 tie at the end of five innings.

That set the stage for the GSC rally as the Highlanders scored three runs in the top of the seventh to break the tie and go ahead 6-3.

But USC-Salkehatchie wasn't done as the Indians put two runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh before Hager, who had come on to pitch in the sixth, closed the door and sent the Highlanders home with their fourth straight victory.

Hager upped her record to 6-3 with the win.

Makenzie English (Williamson, Ga. / Pike Co. HS) and Lee each had two hits for GSC.

English also had three RBI while Lee scored a run.

Bailey Odom (Danville, Ga. / Bleckley Co. HS) had a two-run homer for GSC.

GSC is back on the field on Tuesday, March 10, as Andrew College (3-19) comes to Barnesville for a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA Region 17) doubleheader that begins at 4 p.m. EDT.  

The games were originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, but were moved to Tuesday due to a rainy weather forecast.

The Gordon State College Department of Athletics is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA).  Gordon State College competes in NJCAA Division I in the sports of Women's Soccer (Fall), Men's Basketball (Fall/Spring), Softball (Spring) and Baseball (Spring).  Gordon State College is located in Barnesville, Ga., approximately 60 miles south of Atlanta and 35 miles northwest of Macon.  Gordon State College offers both two-year and four-year degree programs and believes that our Athletics program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to be successful academically, athletically and in life after their time as a Highlander.  You can follow GSC Athletics at www.gscathletics.com, on Facebook (@GordonStateCollege #GSCHighlandersForward), on Twitter (@GordonState) and Instagram (gordon_state).