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Furman Softball Slides Past Western Carolina, 1-0

Caroline Nageotte
Caroline Nageotte

Greensboro, N.C. -- Sophomore Caroline Nageotte raced home from first base on an errant throw in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift No. 3 seed Furman to a 1-0 victory over No. 7 seed Western Carolina in an elimination game on Thursday morning at the Southern Conference Softball Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

With the victory, Furman (39-14) advances to face the loser of this afternoon's Chattanooga-UNCG match-up in a 5:30 p.m. elimination contest at UNCG Softball Stadium. All games in the SoCon Softball Championship will be streamed on the SoCon Digital Network with the exception of the championship contest on Saturday afternoon, which will air on ESPN+.

Senior AnnaRose Borrelli worked a leadoff walk for the Paladins in the bottom of the seventh before being lifted for a pinch runner. Hannah Reynolds followed by attempting to lay down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Western Carolina catcher Kailey McNeil. Her throw sailed wide of the bag and down the eight field line as Reynolds reached first and Nageotte, Furman's pinch runner, came all the way around from first to slide across the plate with the game's lone run ahead of WCU's throw to the plate.

Furman's Lindsey Bert tossed seven shutout innings to earn the victory and improve to 26-9 on the season. The senior fanned 11 Catamounts and allowed just two hits and two walks to pick up the decision. Bert's 11 strikeouts helped her surpass former Chattanooga pitcher Lacey Swarthout with a SoCon single season record 337 strikeouts.

The shutout marked Furman's fourth versus the Catamounts in four games between the teams this season and the third for Bert versus Western Carolina. Bert also added two hits for a Paladin offense that generated just three hits in the victory.

Kinsey Liscio (5-12) suffered the loss for Western Carolina (15-37) despite allowing just an unearned run on three hits in 6.1 innings. She walked two Paladins and notched one strikeout.