March 27, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Fayetteville State's Tia Caldwell pitched beautifully.
But Winston-Salem State's Brittany Lane was just a tad better.
While Caldwell (Fr., Newport, N.C.) struck out a career-high 14 and allowed just two hits, Lane nearly pitched a no-hitter in a 1-hit shutout of the Lady Broncos in a 2-0 win in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Leonard R. Saunders Field.
Lane was perfect through five innings before allowing her first runner when Clara Davis (So., Naples, Italy) broke up the perfect-game bid with a walk to lead off the sixth inning. Lane was just one out away from a no-hitter before Clarissa Pitts (Fr., Hope Mills, N.C.) doubled to deep left field with two away in the seventh inning.
Lane (4-3) fanned 10 and faced just two batters over the minimum.
Caldwell nearly matched Lane pitch for pitch in one of Caldwell's most dominant outings of her brief collegiate career. She stuck out the side in the first two innings and had nine strikeouts through three innings.
One of those strikeouts, though, reached base on a passed ball with two outs in the first inning. A hit and two errors later, Caldwell and the Lady Broncos (5-32, 5-5) fell behind 2-0.
Neither team scored again, and there were few opportunities as both pitchers proved to be nearly unhittable.
Winston-Salem State (17-15, 9-1), the defending CIAA champion, won Game 1 13-1 in five innings. Fayetteville State's Pitts was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a triple in the loss.