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Furman, Samford Split Softball Twinbill On Senior Day 7-0, 5-13

Brittany Houston
Brittany Houston

Game 1: Furman 7, Samford 0

Game 2: Samford 13, Furman 5

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman recorded its fourth consecutive shutout in game one of Saturday's doubleheader to down Samford, 7-0, and earn a split with the Bulldogs on Senior Day at Pepsi Stadium. The Bulldogs rallied to claim a 13-5 victory in game two.

In the opener, Furman extended its home winning streak to 15 games as senior Lindsey Bert (22-8) tossed a one-hit shutout to propel the Paladins to a 7-0 victory.

Furman plated the first run in the bottom of the first as Lauren Duggar walked, stole two bases and raced home on Bert's sacrifice fly.

The Paladins took control of the game in the bottom of the fourth by taking advantage of four hits and a pair of key Samford errors to push across five more runs. Hannah Reynolds reached on a one-out error and Candace Johnson reached on a two-out miscue to set the table. After Johnson swiped second base, Casey Bigham lined a two-out single to left field to score two runs and crossed the plate moments later on Brittany Houston's single up the middle. Duggar singled to put runners on the corners before Caroline Cash roped a double into the gap to drive in two runs and increase the Paladin lead to 6-0.

Bert fanned 13 batters and allowed just a hit and three walks in seven innings of work to pick up the victory. Samford's only safety off of the senior came on a bunt single with one out in the top of the first.

Cash, who added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, finished 1-for-3 with three RBI, while Houston went 2-for-2 with two singles, a walk, an RBI and a run. Bigham drove in two runs and scored two runs.

Starter McKenna Gillespie (3-9) suffered the loss for Samford. She gave up six runs, just one earned, on four hits in four innings of work. The right-hander gave up two walks and struck out two Paladins.

In the nightcap, Samford registered 11 hits and took advantage of three Paladin miscues to claim a 13-5 victory.

The Bulldogs erased a 2-1 Furman lead with a two-run double down the left field line by Kelsey Royalty in the top of the fourth. Furman evened the game at 3-3 on pitcher Emily DeMonte's towering solo home run to left-center in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Bulldogs exploded for 10 runs over the final three frames to take control.

Ryan Brzozoski's two-run single put the Bulldogs in front in the fifth and Lexie Higgins added a grand slam in the top of the sixth to blow the game open.

Taylor DeCelles (8-12) secured the win for Samford after allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings. DeMonte (13-2), who allowed 13 runs on 11 hits over seven innings suffered just her second loss of the season for Furman.

Shelby Maze and Ashley Barnes each collected three hits apiece for Samford, while Higgins drove in four runs and Brzozoski batted in three. DeMonte and Borrelli added solo homers for the Paladins. Borrelli's blast marked her school record 33rd career clout.

Furman (35-12, 7-5 SoCon) and Samford (17-33, 6-6 SoCon) cap their three-game series with a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday at Pepsi Stadium. Admission is free. The game will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network.