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UNCG Blanks Furman Softball To Complete Series Sweep

Lindsey Bert
Lindsey Bert

Game 1: UNCG 22, Furman 0 (5 inn.)

Game 2: UNCG 1, Furman 0

Greensboro, N.C. -- UNCG rolled to a 22-0 victory in game one before spoiling a stellar outing for Paladin starter Lindsey Bert with a walk-off home run in a 1-0 game two decision on Sunday afternoon at UNCG Softball Stadium.

With the sweep, UNCG improved to 24-7 overall and 3-0 in Southern Conference play, while Furman fell to 24-9 overall and 0-3 in the league.

Bert (15-6), a senior left-hander fanned 15 batters through six innings in a scoreless pitchers duel before UNCG's Jasmine Palmer lined a walk-off homer over the left field fence leading off the bottom of the seventh. The Tallahassee, Fla., native took the loss despite allowing just four hits and with no walks in six-plus innings of work.

Furman left nine runners on base in the series finale, including leaving the bases loaded in the first inning and stranding runner at second and third in the third frame. Emma Ogburn tallied a hit and a walk for the Paladins, while Emily DeMonte worked two walks.

Alicia Bazonski (11-2) tossed seven shutout innings to earn the victory for the Spartans. She allowed just three hits and walked four batters to go with six strikeouts.

In the first game of the day, UNCG plated 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and tallied 12 unearned runs over four innings to down the Paladins, 22-0.

Leadoff hitter Makenna Matthijs, who went 4-for-4 with seven RBI, singled and delivered a three-run double in the first to key the 10-run outburst against DeMonte, the Paladin starter. UNCG plated eight more runs in the bottom of the third inning against reliever Marissa Guimbarda, including a grand slam by Matthijs after an error extended the inning.

Marissa Sholtes belted her second homer of the game to start the bottom of the fourth and Kendall McKinney added a three-run blast to cap the 17-hit performance by UNCG.

Bazonski and Hannah Stiltner combined on a five-inning, no-hitter for the Spartans. The duo walked three and struck out three as Bazonski earned her first of two victories on the day with three innings of work.

DeMonte (9-1), who allowed 10 runs in two-thirds of an inning in the circle, suffered the loss for the Paladins.

Furman returns to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. when it travels to Columbia, S.C., to face the nationally-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks in a game that will be televised live in the SEC Network.