It was Shorter’s second loss of the day and dropped the Lady Hawks to 2-2 on the young season. Shorter fell to No. 23 Auburn University-Montgomery, 8-3, in its first game of the afternoon.
A sacrifice fly from Shana Gunter and a misplayed grounder that scored Judy Barber in the first inning was all the Crusaders would need against the Lady Hawks, who got a stellar effort on the rubber from freshman Kristen Little, but simply could not generate any offense against Ard.
Shorter managed just two hits against the Crusaders, who advanced to the knockout round of the NAIA Softball National Championship along with the Lady Hawks last season.
Brooke Bryan hit a two-out infield single in the bottom of the fifth, but was stranded after an inning ending strikeout from Ard — one of her 12 on the day.
Jessica Womble singled up the middle in Shorter’s second at-bat of the bottom of the sixth, but was caught stealing to snuff out a potential rally.
BASEBALL: Shorter 5, Pikeville 3
Matt Johnson went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI and Blake McCullers went 2-for-4 with a pair driven in as Shorter University won its sixth straight game over visiting Pikeville College in a non-league matchup.
It was the first of a three-game series between the Hawks (11-1) and Bears (0-5-1), who will conclude their set with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Brick Carter tossed seven innings for the Hawks and yielded just two earned runs on four hits while striking out nine to earn the win. Eric Doty earned the save after pitching the final two innings in which he gave up one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts.
BASEBALL: Virginia-Wise 11, Berry 6
Cason Dremann homered and drove in two runs for Berry, but Virginia-Wise rallied from a 5-2 deficit to defeat the Vikings.
Virginia-Wise struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning, but the Vikings would answer with four runs ub bottom-half of the inning.
Berry took advantage of four Cavaliers errors in the first, and Dremann delivered the inning’s big blow with a two-run blast over the right field fence that put Berry ahead 4-2.