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Huntingdon hands No. 21 Averett first loss of the season

Heather McGuirk drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Huntingdon knock off previously unbeaten and 21st-ranked Averett University in the second game of a conference doubleheader on Sunday. (Photo by Wesley Lyle)
Heather McGuirk drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Huntingdon knock off previously unbeaten and 21st-ranked Averett University in the second game of a conference doubleheader on Sunday. (Photo by Wesley Lyle)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Huntingdon softball team earned a split with 21st-ranked Averett University on Sunday and handed the previously unbeaten Cougars their first loss of the season.

The Cougars (25-1-1, 15-1 USA South) pushed their winning streak to 22 games with a 12-1 win in five innings in Game 1. The Lady Hawks (13-11, 8-6 USA South) snapped the winning streak with a 3-2 win in Game 2.

Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2, Huntingdon left fielder Ashley Johnson drew a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Gabby Alcantar. First baseman Heather McGuirk drove in Johnson with a single to right field to end the game.

McGuirk and third baseman Tiffany Taylor each finished the second game with two hits. Taylor drove in Huntingdon's first run with a double that scored Lindsey Selph in the sixth inning. Taylor then scored on a Blake Rowland double to tie the game 2-2 in the sixth.

Selph (4-3) picked up the win. The freshman struck out one, walked one, scattered eight hits and allowed two runs in seven innings.

In Game 1, McGuirk scored Huntingdon's lone run on a sacrifice bunt by Anna Stephens. Alcantar accounted for two of Huntingdon's four hits. Katy Messick (7-5) took the loss in Game 1.

Huntingdon returns to action at home on Friday. The Lady Hawks host Covenant in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.