GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Lindsey Bert pitched a complete game one-hitter in a 6-0 victory and came back to crack two home runs and earn the save in an 8-3 game two triumph, helping the Paladins complete a doubleheader sweep over Winthrop in Tuesday softball action at Pepsi Stadium.
The wins improve Furman to 26-10 on the season while Winthrop drops to 13-19 overall.
Bert (16-7), the nation's leader in strikeouts, surrendered only a one-out second inning single and a leadoff walk in the sixth in the twinbill opener, but otherwise mastered the Eagles, striking out 12 in the triumph. In the second contest the Paladin senior opened Furman's scoring with a two-run home run to left center field in the second inning and capped her squad's eight-run effort with her second two-run shot of the game, to right center field in the fifth.
She backed up her opening game gem on the mound and game two production at the plate by working the final three innings and striking out six to record her third save of the campaign. Combined the Tallahassee, Fla., product fanned 18 batters in the twinbill.
In the opener the Paladins gave Bert all the support she needed in the first inning when Caroline Cash singled with one out, advanced to second on a error, to third on a wild pitch, and finally to home on a second Winthrop error.
Furman grabbed total command in the fifth, plating five runs on just three hits against Winthrop starting and losing pitcher Kiley Majette (7-9) to go up 6-0.
Cash had two of the Paladins' six hits in the opener, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.
In game two Furman grabbed a 4-0 lead, chasing Winthrop starting and losing pitcher Sabrina Shroades (2-6) before she could record an out in the second inning. Bert's two-run blast over the left center field fence proved to be the big blow in the frame.
Winthrop answered with three runs in the third against Paladin starting pitcher Emily DeMonte, registering three consecutive doubles, including a two-run, two-base hit by Morgan Lowers that cut Furman's lead to 4-3.
DeMonte retired the Eagles in order in the fourth, and her teammates took advantage of a pair of Winthrop errors to tack on two more runs for a 6-3 advantage before Bert took over in the fifth, which she punctuated in the bottom of the frame with her second clout of the game, scoring pinch-runner Carolina Nageotte.
DeMonte (10-1) was credited with the victory, working four innings and allowing three runs on five hits. She walked two and struck out four.
Bert no-hit the Eagles and struck out six over the final three innings.
Cammy Pereira, Hannah Reynolds, and Cash joined Bert in registering two hits apiece in the Paladins' 10-hit attack.
Furman returns to action on Saturday when it opens a three-game Southern Conference series against ETSU, facing the Buccaneers in a doubleheader at Pepsi Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information