Greenville, S.C. – Furman earned a doubleheader split with Appalachian State on Saturday afternoon in Southern Conference softball action at Pepsi Stadium claiming game one, 3-1, before the Mountaineers took a 4-3 decision in game two.
Senior Hannah Bradley surrendered just one run and scattered six hits to earn the victory, and Lakyn Shull worked two scoreless frames to pick up the save as Furman topped the Mountaineers, 3-1, in the series opener to snap a six-game slide.
Bradley struck out three batters and walked just two while improving to 2-5 in the circle. Shull, who allowed only one hit in two innings, secured her second save of the season.
After Appalachian State took a 1-0 lead on Michelle Lighton's solo blast in the top of the fourth inning, Furman answered immediately as Lauren Collier opened the bottom of the frame with a double down the line and scored on Emily Boyer's single to right-center. The Paladins took the lead in the fifth as Nikki Legg reached on a bunt single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Taylor Jenkins' one-out double.
Jenkins and Boyer each collected a pair of hits for the Paladins as Furman out-hit the Mountaineers 8-7. Megan Rembielak went 3-for-4 to pace Appalachian State.
Caitlin Wainright (4-6) suffered the loss for the Mountaineers allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings.
Appalachian State evened the series at 1-1 with a 4-3 victory in game two. The Mountaineers plated four runs on five hits against Furman starter Lauren Collier to chase the sophomore after only 1.2 innings of work.
Allie Cashion opened the second with a homer and Caroline Williams, Caroline Rogers and Lighton followed with singles to load the bases. Brittany Pierce and Dani Heichen both drove in runs with ground outs before Sarah Warnock blooped a single to left field to increase the Mountaineer lead to 4-0.
Jessie Homesley singled up the middle in the bottom of the third to put Furman on the board and the Paladins pulled within a run an inning later when freshman Ambree Muller drilled a two-run double to wall in left-center field.
Williams, however, held Furman without a hit over the final three innings to help ASU hold onto the lead and earn a split. The right-hander, who improved to 3-1, limited Furman to three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one.
Warnock, Cashion and Williams each tallied two hits to lead Appalachian's 10-hit attack as the Mountaineers improved to 11-10 overall and 2-3 in SoCon play.
Collier (1-6) took the loss for Furman after allowing six of the 11 batters she faced to reach base. Shelby Parker and Lakyn Shull combined to toss 5.1 scoreless innings of relief. Muller went 2-for-3 with two RBI as Furman slipped to 8-16 overall and 1-4 in the SoCon.
The Paladins and Mountaineers will play the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Pepsi Stadium. Admission is free.
Fans can follow live statistics for Sunday's game at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Live video streaming will also be available for a subscription fee.