Freshman pitcher Jordan Russell (8-2) started and went the distance for Pitt Community College today, striking out eight and allowing just one hit and a walk in 5-0 victory over Louisburg College in the opening round of the Region X Conference Tournament.
While Russell took care of the defensive duties for PCC, April Langley (1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBIs), Amber Taylor (1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI), Melissa Griffin (1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI) and Nicole Jordan (1-for-3, 1 R) powered the Bulldogs’ offense.
Pitt will play top-seeded Spartanburg Methodist College Saturday at
12 p.m. SMC, which has beaten PCC four times this season in four tries,
had an opening-round bye as the tourney’s top seed.
Seeded fourth for the conference tournament, PCC moved out to a 1-0
advantage against the fifth-seeded Hurricanes in the early going.
Taylor, a sophomore shortstop, hit a solo homer in the first inning to
get the Dawgs on the scoreboard.
Pitt then tacked on two more in the fourth inning to go up 3-0 before Langley, a freshman centerfielder, hit a two-run homer in the fifth. It was Langley’s sixth round-tripper this season.
With the victory, PCC improved to 26-21 on the season and remains in
the winners’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament.