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Samford Sweeps Furman Softball With A Pair Of Walk-Off Wins 4-2, 1-0

Taylor Jenkins
Taylor Jenkins

Game 1 Boxscore

Game 2 Boxscore

Birmingham, Ala. -- Samford's Mollie Hanson held Furman to just two runs on six hits over two games and the Bulldogs walked off with a pair of victories over the Paladins, 4-2, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Samford Field.

The sweep improved the Bulldogs to 20-10 overall and 2-0 in Southern Conference play, while Furman dropped to 14-12 overall and 0-2 in the league.

GAME 1

Abbie Miranda belted a three-run homer to straightaway center field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Samford to a 4-2 victory in the opening game of the three-game series.

With two outs and nobody on base in the seventh, Caroline Wilder reached base on an infield single and Megan Dowdy kept the Bulldogs alive with a base hit to left field to set up Miranda's walk-off shot that erased a 2-1 Paladin lead.

Dowdy tripled and scored on Shelby Maze's first-inning, RBI single to take a 1-0 lead before Paladin left-hander Lindsey Bert took control of the game.  Bert scattered three hits over the next four innings, while Furman rallied to take a 2-1 lead.  Senior Taylor Jenkins blasted a solo homer in the second to tie the game and junior Sieara Bishop belted a solo shot to left field to put Furman in front leading off the top of the fourth.

Samford loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but Bert got a strikeout and fly out to end the threat.  Hanson, who limited the Paladins to just the two solo homers on four hits, gave up a one-out single and stolen base to Ambree Muller in the top of the seventh before getting a strikeout and ground out to give her team a chance for the walk-off win.

Hanson struck out five Paladins to earn the victory, while Bert (10-5) allowed four runs on nine hits over six and 2/3  innings in the loss.

Dowdy finished 3-for-3 with a triple and scored two runs for the Bulldogs.  Bishop went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles for Furman.

GAME 2

In game two, Hanson and the Paladins' Alex Sappington staged pitching duel as the game went into the bottom of the seventh scoreless before Wilder delivered Samford its second walk-off win of the day.

Abby Sweeney opened the bottom of the seventh with a base hit and pinch runner Caroline Seay advanced to third base on Caitlin Bice's double.  Sappington fanned Abby Adams, but Wilder followed with a one-out single up the middle to plate Seay with the game's only run.

Sappington (2-7) took the loss despite allowing just a run on seven hits in six and 1/3 innings in the circle.  She did not surrender a walk while fanning two batters.

Hanson tossed a two-hit shutout and struck out six Paladins to improve to 11-5.  She retired the final 11 batters she faced, including escaping a bases loaded, one-out jam in the top of the fourth inning.

Furman and Samford are scheduled to play the final game of the three-game set at 2 p.m. EDT tomorrow. Live stats will also be available thru StatBroadcast by logging onto FurmanPaladins.com.  

NOTES: The Paladins' March 25, visit to Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina will be streamed live on the SEC Network +, which is available through the WatchESPN App and at ESPN3.com.  Furman's April 11, Southern Conference doubleheader versus Chattanooga has been moved to a 3 p.m. start as the opening game of the twinbill will be televised live on the American Sports Network (ASN).  ASN is available throughout the region, including on WMYA My 40 in the Upstate of South Carolina.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information