Columbia, S.C. – Kelsey Oh tossed a three-hit shutout to help eighth-ranked South Carolina edge Furman, 1-0, on Wednesday evening at Carolina Softball Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
Oh turned in three no-hit innings before allowing a leadoff single to Caroline Cash, who promptly stole second, and a walk to Candace Johnson. The freshman fanned the next two batters before getting Hannah Reynolds to fly out to left field to end the threat.
Lindsey Bert nearly matched Oh's early-game work inside the circle, allowing just one hit over the game's first three innings. After a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth, Bert sat down the next two batters, but Tiara Duffy sent a ball deep to center field for a triple, scoring Jordyn Augustus for the game's only run.
Furman put runners on in the fifth and sixth, but couldn't scratch across a run, as Bert allowed just one hit to the Gamecocks over the game's final two innings.
Oh fanned eight batters and walked two, giving up three hits and no runs to improve to 8-2 on the season and move the Gamecocks to 29-4.
Bert (15-7) proved to be the tough-luck loser despite allowing just one run on three hits in six innings in the circle. The left-hander issued three walks and struck out five Gamecocks.
The Paladins return to action on Tuesday, April 3, hosting Winthrop in a doubleheader slated for a 4 pm start.