Shaw jumped ahead against game one starter Jessica Blackwell, plating four runs in the first inning despite not getting a hit. Six batters drew walks and another run scored on an error by the third baseman. Blackwell got a strike out and a ground out to end the inning but Shaw led 4-0 at that point.
Coker got one run back on a RBI single by Marie Mascio in the bottom of the first and Blackwell went unscathed in the top of the second for a 4-1 Shaw lead. A bases-loaded double by Christan Morabito made it 4-3 and Coker made it 5-4 with a sacrifice fly from Mascio.
Junior Amanda Shelton entered the pitcher’s circle in the top of the third and shut the Bears down the rest of the way. A huge nine run inning in the bottom of the third gave the Cobras a 14-4 advantage which they preserved for the five-inning victory.
Kimberly Atkinson hit her first collegiate homerun in the fourth inning and Stewart smacked her second blast of the year, a three-run shot in the first inning. Atkinson went 3-3 with three runs scored and four RBI in the game and freshman Whitney Watts picked up two hits and three runs scored.
Stewart went 3-5 on the day with four RBI and three runs scored and Morabito had two hits three RBI and four runs scored.
Coker faces a pair of tough double-headers this weekend on the road. CC travels to Pfeiffer on Saturday for a start and then its on to Limestone for another start on Sunday.