Amanda Wilson hit a game-winning two-out RBI single into right field to score Murphy Davis from third in the top of the seventh, and Lassiter ended Kennesaw Mountain’s undefeated start with a 5-4 win Tuesday.
Lady Trojans reliever Piper Wagner retired the side in the bottom half of the seventh, preventing any chance for a final Kennesaw Mountain rally.
Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, Malea Bell’s two-run home run knotted the score at 4-all as the Lady Mustangs (13-1) rallied for the second time from a two-run deficit.
Kennesaw Mountain pitcher Kathryn Woody induced consecutive groundouts to open the seventh. Davis, however, legged out a triple after hitting a ball just out of the reach of right fielder Madi Lewis, and Wilson responded in the next at-bat with the hit that plated Davis with the winning run.
Davis finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Elise Sandberg was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Kelly Sinclair had two hits and scored a run, while Emily Syvarth walked twice and scored twice.
Wilson’s go-ahead hit was her only one of the night.
“Amanda has been waiting her time for a couple of years now,” said Lassiter coach Jason Campbell, whose team improved to (11-2) and is now riding an eight-game win streak. “She’s having a good year so far. I’m glad to see she got that hit. It’s not the first time she’s gotten big hits this year. She’s really coming through for us. I’m proud to see that out of Amanda, and I’m glad for her.”
Lassiter took control early after Davis’ two-run single gave the Lady Trojans a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Lilly Wright, who batted 2-for-2 with two RBIs, trimmed the Lady Mustangs’ deficit to one after she doubled home Bell, who led off the first with a walk. Wright’s two-out single in the fourth then plated Abby Chandler, tying the game 2-all.
Lassiter took another two-run lead in the fifth when Sandberg laced a two-out single into left field that plated Syvarth and Davis, setting up Bell’s home run in the sixth.
“That’s what’s going to happen when you face Kennesaw Mountain,” Campbell said. “They’re not going to give up. They’re hard-nosed, they’re tough, they’re going to battle you until the end.
“We had some fight in us. That’s something I’ve been stressing — that we get after it. We just stuck in there and (you) saw what happened.”
Starter Brianna Michaud gave up four earned runs on six hits, walked five, struck out seven and hit three batters over 5 1/3 innings. She also got herself out of several jams with her defense playing well behind her.
Kennesaw Mountain left nine runners on base, stranding seven in scoring position.
The Lady Mustangs had a chance to take the lead in the sixth after Bell’s homer, but with runners on second and third with one out, Wagner got Lewis to hit into a double play to end the threat.
“Defense has to work,” Campbell said. “When you put runners on early, it puts you in a hole defensively. It keeps your defense on their toes. We have to do a better job of getting ahead in the count and keeping those runners off the bases at the front of the inning.”
Bell batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Kennesaw Mountain, while Kayla Aarons doubled and Woody singled.
Woody also gave up five earned runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out four in a complete game.
“The effort was not good in all facets of our game (Tuesday),” Kennesaw Mountain coach Lisa Chapman said. “Our pitching and hitting spots wasn’t good. We left runners on in scoring position all night long. We didn’t do the fundamentals. We didn’t sacrifice bunt, we didn’t move runners, so it was just a poor game on our part all the way around.”