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Furman Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Charlotte 2-1, 6-5

Hannah Reynolds went 3-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI in Furman's 6-5 game two win over Charlotte.
Hannah Reynolds went 3-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI in Furman's 6-5 game two win over Charlotte.

Game 1 Boxscore: Furman 2, Charlotte 1 (9 inn.)

Game 2 Boxscore: Furman 6, Charlotte 5

Greenville, S.C. -- Caroline Cash delivered a walk-off single in the ninth inning of game one and Hannah Reynolds belted a game-tying, two-run blast in the seventh inning of game two as Furman claimed a 6-5, 2-1 doubleheader sweep of the Charlotte 49ers on Wednesday at Pepsi Stadium.

With the sweep, the Paladins extended their winning streak to four games and improved to 22-6 on the season. Charlotte fell to 8-14.

In game one, senior Lindsey Bert (14-4) tossed nine innings without allowing an earned run and fanned 11 batters to become just the second pitcher in school history to strike out 700 career batters. The left-hander allowed just four hits over nine innings to tie for the national lead with her 14th victory over the season.

Bert and Charlotte's Haley Wiseman staged a pitcher's duel in the opener as Wiseman (5-8) surrendered just two unearned runs on four hits in eight and 1.3 innings before taking the loss. She fanned 11 batters without issuing a walk.

With the game scoreless after seven, Charlotte opened the eighth with a bunt single to move Haley Pace, the international tiebreaking runner, to third base. Pace scored on a squeeze bunt by Meredith Harris, but Bert got the next batter to line to center to end the frame.

In the bottom of the eighth, Wiseman retired Furman's first two batters before Emma Ogburn laced a two-out, two-strike pitch into the gap to score pinch runner Hannah Seaver, placed on base via the international tiebreaker rule, with the tying run. After Bert stranded a pair of runners on base in the top of the ninth, Cash lined a double past the 49er shortstop with one out in the bottom of the inning to score Brittany Houston with the winning run.

In the nightcap, Furman rallied from a pair of deficits to complete the sweep with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to support starter Emily DeMonte, who improved to 8-0 in the circle.

Trailing 5-3, Ogburn opened the bottom of the sixth for the Paladins with a double and Reynolds hammered a two-run blast over the scoreboard in left field with one out to knot the game at 5-5. Lauren Duggar reached on a two-out single and advanced to second on an error by the leftfielder before scoring on another Charlotte error.

DeMonte (8-0) worked around a two-out error and a single in the bottom of the inning to secure the win after allowing five runs on 11 hits over seven innings.

Charlotte grabbed a third inning lead on Pace's homer before Furman answered with a three-spot in the bottom of the third. Cammy Pereira opened the inning with a single and scored from first on Reynolds' double to right-center. Houston followed with a double to score Reynolds and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Duggar. Cash's single through the middle plated Houston to give Furman a 3-1 lead.

Charlotte answered with four runs in the fourth. Pace worked a bases loaded walk to trim the lead to one and Bailey Rhoney doubled off the center field wall to give the 49ers the lead.

Reliever Allison Green (0-3) took the loss for Charlotte allowing three runs on seven hits over three and 1/3 innings after starter Lauren Riley surrendered three runs in two and 1/3 innings.

Reynolds went 3-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI to power the Furman offense, while Pereira and Duggar added two hits apiece.

Furman will be idle this weekend before returning to action on Wednesday, March 21, to host Gardner-Webb in a 4 p.m. twinbill at Pepsi Stadium.