Orr's grand slam lifts Wallace State softball to 19th consecutive victory

HANCEVILLE – Chandler Orr's fourth-inning grand slam and another complete-game effort from ace Heather Parker propelled Wallace State to a 5-3 win and its 19th consecutive victory Tuesday afternoon before Gadsden State pulled out a 5-3 victory of its own in the nightcap at Bobby McCracken Stadium.

Wallace State, the four-time defending state champions, moved to 45-11 overall and 15-1 in the conference.

In the opener, Orr delivered the big offensive blow with Wallace State trailing 3-0. Cortney McNett and Whitney Brown led off the fourth with back-to-back singles and Courtney Bailey reached on an error to load the bases. Orr's smashed a grand slam to left field for her fifth homer of the year, handing the Lady Lions a 4-3 lead.

McNett contributed an RBI single in the fifth, and Parker took care of things on the mound.

The Mortimer Jordan graduate didn't allow a run after the fourth, scattered eight hits, struck out five and improved to 19-5 on the season.

McNett and Brown had multiple-hit games for Wallace State.

For Gadsden State, Jamie Rohr had a solo homer.

In the second game, Rohr's tie-breaking RBI double led to a three-run sixth for Gadsden State. Hanna Hitchcock earned the save for the Lady Cardinal, pitching the final two innings to secure the 5-3 win.

Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first. Lexi Lawley hit a two-run homer for Gadsden State, but Wallace State's Heather Parker answered with a two-run single to even it up. The game stayed scoreless until Gadsden State's three-run sixth.

Lawley finished 3-for-3 with the homer, a double and single for Gadsden State, while Rohr had a pair of hits including a double.

For Wallace State, Parker, Katie Pierce, Lauren Payne and Michal Robertson each had singles.

Kayla Sneed (11-3) suffered the loss for Wallace State, pitching five plus innings and allowing three runs on six hits.

Carlie Keenum was the winning pitcher for Gadsden State.

Wallace State resumes conference action on Thursday as Bevill State makes the visit to Bobby McCracken Stadium for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.

For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit wallacestate.edu or wscsoftball.com.