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Claflin softball seniors

Claflin honored its four softball seniors over the weekend.

CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY

Claflin University went 2-1 against Clark Atlanta University in their final Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference home conference series of 2018.

The Lady Panthers defeated CAU 9-1 in five innings on Friday and split a doubleheader on Saturday, coming from behind to win game one 7-5 and dropping the final game 10-7.

The wins pushes Claflin to 19-25 overall and 11-5 in the SIAC. CAU is 4-23 overall and 4-11 in the SIAC.
 
The senior members of the softball team were honored in a pregame ceremony on Saturday.
 
Senior Tiaria Norman went 2-1 on the mound for Claflin while Ajada Cofield went 1-1 over the weekend and Shalonda Woods was the losing pitcher in game one on Saturday for Clark Atlanta.
 
In the doubleheader opener on Saturday, Claflin had to battle back from 5-1 down to secure the victory.
 
The Lady Panthers put up six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take 7-5 lead.
 
Chelise Morman reached base on an error by the shortstop to lead off the inning. Kayla Cato reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a passed ball. With one run in scoring position and two outs, Norman reached base via a walk, giving Claflin two runners on the pads.  Shaquailla German hit an RBI single up the middle to score Cato and move Norman into scoring position.
 
The Lady Panthers continued to capitalize on the mistakes of CAU in the inning as Jada Ames reached base via an error to load the bases.
 
After an RBI walk, Jasmine Squirewell hit a bases-clearing triple, which was followed by an RBI single by KaShaira Givens for Claflin's sixth run of the inning. Morman grounded out to second base to end the inning.
 
Cato recorded two runs with one hit to lead Claflin in game one.
 
Clark Atlanta scored two runs in the top of the third to break a 1-1 tie and to take a 3-1 lead in game two of the doubleheader.
 
Claflin countered in its half of inning, using five hits to score four runs to take its first lead of the game. With one out, LaKaylin Lee doubled down the left-field line and advanced on to second on a wild pitch.  Following a single by Norman and an RBI single by German, Ames hit a three-run homer to give the Lady Panthers their lead.
 
Claflin scored two additional runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-3 lead.
 
CAU's offense was not done, scoring one run in the top of the sixth and using five hits, including a three-run home run, to score six runs in the seventh en route to capturing the game three win.
 
Lee went 2-for-4 with three runs and Ames went 2-for-four with one run and three RBIs for Claflin in the loss.
 
Caitlyn Williams was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs for Clark Atlanta in the win.
 
Claflin dominated the opening game of the series on Friday. 
 
The Lady Panthers scored one run in the first, four in the second and three in the third en route to its 9-1 win.
 
Lee was dominant in the contest, going 3-for-3 with three runs, including a three-run home run, with four RBIs.
 
Cato went 2-for-3 for two runs and an RBI.
 
Claflin will travel to Spartanburg to face Converse College in a midweek non-conference game. First pitch is 2 p.m.
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