Furman Softball’s Rally Falls Short Versus Wright State, 7-6

Marissa Guimbarda
Marissa Guimbarda

Mt. Pleasant, S.C. -- Wright State held off a seventh-inning rally to down Furman, 7-6, in the opening game of College of Charleston's Holy City Showdown on Friday morning at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Trailing 7-2 after six and a half innings, Furman got a leadoff single from Cammy Pereira and Casey Bigham was hit by a pitch with two outs to put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the seventh. Caroline Cash followed with an RBI double and Candace Johnson drove in two more runs with a single up the middle to trim the deficit to 7-5. Marissa Guimbarda was hit by a pitch to bring the potential go-ahead run to the plate, and Lindsey Bert delivered with an RBI single through the right side, but the senior was thrown out trying to advance to second base to end the game.

Ashley Sharp (3-8) earned the win for Wright State allowing six runs on seven hits in seven innings. She walked three batters and fanned four in the complete-game effort. Guimbarda (0-2) took the loss for Furman after giving up seven runs on six hits. She issued eight walks in the loss.

The Raiders (4-12) struck early with two runs in the first and another in the top of the second inning. After Wright State manufactured three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-0 advantage, Furman answered in the bottom of the frame with solo blasts from both Guimbarda and AnnaRose Borrelli. The Raiders added another insurance run in the fifth before holding off the late Paladin rally.

Johnson paced the Furman offense going 2-for-3 with a base on balls and two RBI.

Furman (18-5) is back in action at College of Charleston's Holy City Showdown when it faces the host Cougars this afternoon at approximately 2:30.