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Paladins Prevail In Extra Innings Versus Georgetown For First Win, 7-6

Casey Bigham
Casey Bigham

George Washington 9, Furman 4

Furman 7, Georgetown 6 (8 inn.)

Boiling Springs, N.C. -- Morgan Smith scored on a wild throw in the bottom of the eighth as Furman claimed a 7-6 victory over Georgetown for its first win of the 2019 season Saturday afternoon at Brinkley Stadium in Boiling Springs, N.C.

After Savannah Hughes helped Furman get out of the top of the eighth inning by snagging a line drive and firing to second base to start a double play, Smith was placed on second as the international tiebreaker runner. The junior sprinted to third on Caroline Nageotte's sacrifice bunt and scored the winning run when Georgetown's throw to first base sailed down the right field line.

Furman (1-3) took an early 5-2 lead with three runs in the first inning and two more in the bottom of the second. Cammy Pereira batted in the first run with a single before Emily DeMonte staked Furman to a 3-2 lead with a two-out, two-run double into the gap. In the second inning, Tess Griswold blasted a solo homer off of the roof of the hitting facility beyond the left field wall and Nageotte scored after reaching on a double to up the lead to 5-2.

Georgetown tied the contest with three runs in the top of the fourth, but Mackense Greico put Furman back in front with an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the frame. The Hoyas plated the tying run in the fifth before DeMonte (1-1), who earned her first win of the season, finished the game with three straight scoreless innings.

Bigham went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a base on balls and two runs to pace the Paladin offense, while Alexa Dolby and Mae Forshey totaled two hits apiece for the Hoyas.

Georgetown (1-1) reliever Katie Vannicola (1-1) suffered the loss allowing three runs on six hits in six innings of work.

In the opening game of the day, George Washington took advantage of three Paladin errors to break a 3-3 tie with five runs in the top of the fourth.

Greico (0-2) took the loss for the Paladins after surrendering five earned runs on 11 hits in seven innings of work.

Marissa Guimbarda rallied Furman from an early 3-0 deficit with a three-run blast in the bottom of the third inning. Taylor Vahle added a solo blast to center in the fifth inning.

Sierra Lange (1-1) picked up the win for the Colonials, while Kaitlin Buff tossed three scoreless innings to earn her first save of the season.

The Paladins conclude play in the Gardner-Webb University Tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday when they play the host Runnin' Bulldogs. Fans can follow live statistics for Sunday's game through StatBroadcast at FurmanPaladins.com and can find in-game updates via Twitter by following @FurmanSoftball.