By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
CANTON, Mo. — Sam Bolin's relief efforts were solid. Her clutch hitting was spectacular.
The Culver-Stockton College sophomore put an exclamation point on the C-SC softball team's four-run, seventh-inning rally, belting a walk-off, three-run home run for a 6-4 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange University and a sweep of Tuesday's non-conference doubleheader at Himsl Field.
C-SC won the first game 3-0 behind solo home runs from Kim Myers and Danielle Hearn.
Trailing 4-2 going into the seventh inning of the nightcap and scoreless since a two-run first inning, the Wildcats (17-21) got the rally started as Rhea Hobson doubled to right-center field and Myers followed with an RBI single. Whitney Birk singled to left field and both runners ended up in scoring position on an errant throw from the outfield.
Bolin fell behind in the count 0-2 before hitting her home run over the right-center field fence.
Bolin, Birk, Hobson and Madison Newberry each had two hits for the Wildcats, while Bolin also pitched the final 5 2/3 innings to earn the victory. She allowed one run, two hits and no walks while striking out two.
HLGU (19-28) scored three runs in the second inning off C-SC starter Brooke Ruether. With runners on first and second and one out, the Lady Trojans' Kelli Black singled to center field to plate one run, while Abby Garcia added a run-scoring single and Megan Becker had a run-scoring groundout.
The Lady Trojans added a run in the fifth off Bolin as Kayla Meier delivered a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
In the opener, C-SC's Hannah Washburn tossed a two-hit shutout as she walked one and struck out five.
She got all of the help she needed in the fourth inning when Myers hit a one-out homer to left field. It was her Heart of America Athletic Conference-leading 12th home run of the season.
In the fifth, Hearn belted a one-out home run to left-center field. In the sixth, the Wildcats scored with two outs on a fielding error.