Greenville S.C. – Furman rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning of game one, capped by Ambree Muller's walk-off, RBI single, to take a 5-4 victory and earn a doubleheader split with Georgia Southern in Southern Conference softball action on Saturday at Pepsi Stadium. The Eagles claimed an 11-2 win in game two.
The Paladins (23-19, 8-5 SoCon) and Eagles (29-12, 12-2 SoCon) play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and admission to Pepsi Stadium is free.
Ambree Muller capped a three-run, 10th inning rally in game one with a line drive under the glove of Georgia Southern's second baseman to plate Sieara Bishop from second base as the Paladins notched a 5-4, come-from-behind win against the first place Eagles.
Georgia Southern broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 10th inning when Morgan Robinson lined a two-run base hit to left-center field with two outs to give the Eagles a 4-2 lead.
Furman's Nikki Legg, who went 6-for-8 in the twinbill, opened the bottom of the frame with a single to advance Stephanie Spain to third base after she was placed on second via the international tiebreaker rule to start the inning. With one out, Bishop laced a two-run double into the right-center field gap to tie the game at 4-4 and the Paladins shortstop raced home with the winning run when Muller lined a 3-1 pitch into the gap for the walk-off single.
Senior Lauren Collier fanned eight batters without a walk over 10 innings to earn the win in the circle and improve to 12-9. The Maineville, Ohio , native held the Eagles to just three earned runs on 10 hits.
Sarah Purvis (16-6) suffered the loss for Georgia Southern, allowing five runs on eight hits in nine and 1/3 innings of work. She fanned 11 Paladins and issued three walks.
Furman grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Bishop opened the inning with a double and pinch runner Sarah Eidt stole second base before racing home on a throwing error by the GSU catcher. After the Eagles pulled even on AJ Hamilton's solo home run in the top of the fifth, Legg singled up the middle to plate Hannah Pace, who had reached on a leadoff double.
The Eagles tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth. Emily Snider began the inning with a single and stole second base ahead of Shelby Morrill's RBI double to the wall if right field.
Legg went 3-for-5 to key Furman's eight-hit attack while Bishop doubled twice and drove in two runs. Snider, Robinson and Hamilton each registered two hits apiece for the Eagles.
In game two, Lexi Allen went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four runs batted in to propel Georgia Southern to an 11-2 win in six innings.
Hamilton highlighted a three-run top of the second for the Eagles with a two-run single before Allen followed a walk and hit batter in the top of the third inning with a three-run blast to left field to erase a 1-0 Furman lead and put the Eagles in control at 6-1.
Kourtny Thomas added a two-run blast in the top of the fourth and three hits and a Paladin error led to three more runs in the sixth inning to help GSU trigger the mercy rule.
GSU's Brooke Red limited the Paladins to a pair of runs on six hits in six innings to improve to 11-4 in the circle. Robinson and Hamilton each went 2-for-3 as the Eagles pounded out 11 hits.
Starter Alex Sappington (5-2) suffered the defeat for Furman after giving up three runs on four hits in one and 1/3 innings. She walked two batters and struck out one.
Legg posted a 3-for-3 outing and scored two runs for the Paladins while Andrea Abbatiello contributed a pinch-hit, RBI double in the sixth inning.
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