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Homers Drive Furman To Doubleheader Sweep At Charleston Southern 8-0, 6-3

Emma Ogburn doubled and homered in game two to lead Furman to a doubleheader sweep of Charleston Southern.
Emma Ogburn

Game 1: Furman 8, Charleston Southern 0 (6 inn.)

Game 2: Furman 6, Charleston Southern 3

Charleston, S.C. -- Furman belted seven home runs, including five in game one, to run its winning streak to seven games with an 8-0, 6-3 doubleheader sweep of Charleston Southern on Wednesday afternoon at CSU Softball Field in Charleston, S.C.

The sweep upped the Paladins' record to 31-10 and gave Furman its fourth consecutive 30-win season. Charleston Southern dipped to 25-21 on the season.

Senior Lindsey Bert dominated in game one to improve to 19-7 in the circle. The left-hander allowed just a hit and a walk over six innings of shutout ball while fanning eight batters. With the game scoreless in the top of the fourth, Bert opened the frame with a solo home run before Hannah Reynolds doubled the lead with an RBI single to drive in pinch runner Hannah Seaver.

After the Paladins added a third run on Casey Bigham's first homer of the season in the fifth, they exploded for five runs in the top half of the sixth inning. Bert reached on an error to open the inning and AnnaRose Borrelli, Reynolds and Marissa Guimbarda followed with back-to-back-to-back home runs to increase the cushion to 7-0. Bigham walked an later scored on a wild pitch to bring the mercy rule into effect when Bert retired Charleston Southern in the bottom of the frame.

Borrelli and Reynolds each went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI for the Paladins, while Bigham homered, walked twice and scored two runs.

Arizona Pilgrim (8-9) suffered the loss for Charleston Southern, allowing six runs on six hits over five innings. She walked two batters and fanned three.

In the nightcap, Borrelli belted her school-record 31st career homer, Bert doubled twice and catcher Emma Ogburn added a double and a home run to power the Paladins to a 6-3 win.

Reynolds drew a base on balls to start the second inning, Ogburn laced a double into the gap and Bigham drew a walk to set the table for Furman. Brittany Houston's single over the shortstop's head put the Paladins in front and Lauren Duggar, who made several outstanding defensive plays in the sweep, lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to double the lead.

Borrelli's solo blast in the third inning, her 10th of the season and fourth in the last three games, extended the lead to 3-0 before CSU answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Ogburn homered in the sixth to restore the three-run advantage and Borrelli and Bert delivered RBI doubles in the seventh to up the margin to 6-1.

Junior Emily DeMonte limited Charleston Southern to just one run on six hits in five-plus innings to improve to 12-1 in the circle. The Sumter, S.C., product struck out one without allowing a walk. Bert fanned five batters in two innings of relief to earn her fourth save of the season and become the first Paladin in school history to top 800 career strikeouts.

Borrelli, Bert and Ogburn each collected two hits for the Paladins, while Sarah Brown went 3-for-3 to lead the Bucs.

Charleston Southern starter Holly Clark (7-6) absorbed the loss after allowing all six Furman runs in 6.1 innings of work.

Furman (31-10, 3-3 SoCon) returns to league play this weekend when it travels to Chattanooga, Tenn., to face the Mocs in a three-game series at Frost Stadium.

Log onto FurmanPaladins.com for links to the live stream and live statistics for this weekend's series.