Collier Pitches Furman To Sunday Split At Combat Invitational 4-0, 3-4
Rock Hill, S.C. – Junior Lauren Collier hurled a one-hit shutout to lead Furman to a 4-0 victory over Hartford University and a split of its two games on Sunday at the Combat Invitational at Winthrop's Terry Field. Dayton held on to top the Paladins 4-3 in game two.
Lauren Collier (4-2) limited the Hartford Hawks to a one-out single in the sixth inning and fanned three batters in a 4-0 victory on Sunday morning.
Stephanie Spain put Furman in front in the top of the third by scoring on a bases loaded passed ball after reaching base with a leadoff single.
In the fourth inning, Hannah Pace hammered a leadoff homer over the left field wall and Ambree Muller gave the Paladins back-to-back blasts with a towering homer to right-center field. Furman pushed the margin to 4-0 as Nikki Legg beat out an infield single with two outs and scored on Stephanie Field's double over the leftfielder's head.
Field went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks while Muller went 2-for-3 against the Hawks.
Zuzana Kudernatschov (0-3) suffered the loss for Hartford (2-6) allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits in three-plus innings. Amber Andrews recorded the lone hit for the Hawks and spoiled the no-hit bid with a single through the left side with one out in the sixth inning.
Dayton (4-9) pitchers fanned 13 Paladins and the Flyers pushed across an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to down Furman 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
The Flyers' Jenna Lopes opened the seventh with a pinch-hit single and moved to second when a failed pick off attempt sailed into right field. After advancing to third base on a sacrifice bunt, Lopes scampered home on Jordan Jennings' sacrifice fly to center field to put Dayton ahead.
Reliever Alysha Isaacson entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and fanned two Paladins in a perfect inning of work to shut the door and earn her first save of the season.
Starter Kayla English was credited with the win after holding Furman to three runs on six hits in six innings of work. The rghthander fanned 11 batters in the process and improved to 3-5 in the circle.
Pinch hitter Krista Gustafson gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead in the second inning by lining a two-out, 3-2 pitch into right field with the bases loaded to plate two runs. Natalie Mariano led off the third inning with a double and Jennings followed with an RBI single to increase the Dayton lead to 3-0.
After loading the bases with nobody out in the third inning and failing to score, Furman got on the board in the fifth as Natalie Clemmons reached on a bloop double down the right field line and scored on Sieara Bishop's double down the left field line. In the sixth, Muller drew a leadoff walk and Taylor Jenkins followed with a two-run homer to left-center to knot the game at 3-3.
Freshman Meaghan Houston (3-3) took the loss for Furman allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits in seven innings. The Fort Worth, Texas, product fanned six batters and issued two walks.
Clemmons collected two hits for Furman in the loss.
Furman, 8-6 on the season, opens its 2013 home schedule on Wednesday when it hosts Kennesaw State for a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Pepsi Stadium.
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