Paladins Rally To Stun Wichita State On Borrelli’s Walk-Off Homer, 8-7

AnnaRose Borrelli
AnnaRose Borrelli

Auburn, Ala. -- Senior AnnaRose Borrelli belted a two-run, walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete Furman's rally from a 6-0 deficit as the Paladins stunned Wichita State, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon at the Plainsmen Invitational in Auburn, Ala.

Trailing 7-6 entering the bottom of the seventh, Furman started its rally when pitcher Emily Demonte worked a one-out walk. After Taylor Vahle struck out, Borrelli launched a two-run shot over the center field fence to set off the celebration.

Wichita State (2-1) scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second and two in the top of the fourth to stake claim to a 6-0 lead. Vahle's fourth-inning double put Furman on the board, but Bailey's Lange's homer in the top of the fifth pushed the Shockers' lead back to six runs at 7-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Emma Ogburn walked and Lauren Duggar singled to set the table for Lindsey Bert, who delivered a two-out, two-run single to right field. Freshman Marissa Guimbarda, who arrived at Furman as the Georgia high school record holder for most homers in a season, followed  with a two-blast to trim the margin to 7-5 through five frames.

An error and two walks helped Furman load the bases again in the bottom of the sixth and Candace Johnson cut the lead to 7-6 by drawing a base on balls to force in a run, but Wichita State got out of the jam holding onto a one-run lead.

Demonte (1-0) earned the win for Furman after allowing just one earned run on six hits in five and two-thirds innings of relief. She walked two batters and struck out two, while going 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls at the plate.

Guimbarda, Bert and Borrelli each drove in two runs apiece for the Paladins (2-1).

Reliever Bailey Klitzke (0-1) took the loss for the Shockers. She allowed two runs on one hits and two walks in an inning and one-third of work. Klitzke fanned three batters.

Furman concludes Saturday's play tonight when it faces No. 13 Auburn in a 5:30 p.m. ET contest at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers topped the Paladins, 2-0, last night.

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The Paladins open the 2018 home schedule on Friday, February 16, against Colgate. The doubleheader at Pepsi Stadium is slated to start at 3 p.m.