March 23, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Sophomore Kelsey Rogers blasted a pair of home runs Tuesday to help lead the John A. Logan College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Shawnee, 4-3 in eight innings and 6-4.

With the pair of victories, Logan improves to 6-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 14-2 overall.

Freshman infielder Megan Hampton of Carterville delivered the game-winning hit in the opener, a single to center, driving in Brooke Arnold of Crab Orchard with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Arnold had singled and stolen second, setting up the dramatic walkoff. 

Sophomore righthander Jennifer Bailey was the winning pitcher in relief of starter, Nicole Short.

Bailey worked the last three frames, allowing one run on one hit. She struck out four and walked one to improve to 6-1 on the spring.

Short went the first five innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on five hits. She struck out three and walked none.

Joining Rogers (solo homer and single) with two hits each were Kiarha Wilce, Katie Sandusky, Bailey and Hampton. 

In the nightcap, Arnold worked the first six innings to earn the win, her second of the season to go against no losses. Arnold gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Short worked the seventh, striking out two to earn the save.

Offensively, the Vols tallied five of their six runs in the first inning after falling behind 2-0.

Jordyn Smith led off with a double. Kiley Pelker bunted her to third. Sandusky singled in a run and advanced on an error by the centerfielder. Rogers followed with a two-run homer. Bailey walked and came around to score on an RBI double by Lauren Talton. Sydnee Rushing then singled to drive in Talton.

The sixth and final run scored in the second when Smith reached on an error and scored on an RBI double off the bat of Pelker.

Smith and Talton paced the offense with two hits each. 

"The wind was certainly a factor today," said Vols head coach Angie Jilek. "Shawnee played well. We were fortunate to come away with a sweep. We had some clutch hitting and just enough quality pitching to get the job done."

Logan is scheduled to play two on Thursday at Olney and will then host Lincoln Trail for a 1 p.m. doubleheader Friday.