GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Hannah Reynolds belted a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Furman past East Tennessee State, 3-2, in the opening game of Saturday Southern Conference softball doubleheader at Pepsi Stadium.
Saturday's second game was suspended in the bottom of the fifth inning with Furman leading 7-2 and will be resumed Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m. prior to game three of the series.
In the opener Furman pitcher Lindsey Bert, the nation's leader in strikeouts, became the school's all-time strikeouts leader by fanning 15 Buccaneers over seven innings to match a career single game high and give her 780 for Paladin tenure — a new Furman career standard. She topped former Paladin great Lana Mackey's mark of 767 strikeouts in the second inning, retiring ETSU's Tiffany Laughren swinging to start the frame.
Bert, a senior All-SoCon performer, held a 2-0 lead and was in control until the seventh when ETSU registered three hits, including a game tying two-out, two run double by Julia Fritz that drove home Kelly Martin and Emma Martindale. She recovered by getting Vanessa Elliott to fly out and end in the inning.
It didn't stay tied long as Reynolds, who led off the Paladin seventh, sent a one-ball, two-strike offering from Madison Ogle over the center field fence for the walk-off winner.
All three Furman runs came on home runs from Caroline Cash, Anna Rose Borrelli, and Reynolds. Cash gave the Paladins a 1-0 lead with a shot over the left field fence in the first inning, and Borrelli followed with a long clout down the left field line in the fifth, her team leading sixth long ball of the campaign.
Bert dealt with a pair of base runners in both the third and fifth innings but escaped the threat with strikeouts to end both threats.
Led by Fritz, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI, the Bucs had six hits and Furman five, with Cash going 3-for-3 with a home run, triple, single, and a stolen base.
Bert (17-7), who struck out 18 in gaining a win and a save in a Tuesday doubleheader sweep of Winthrop, was credited with the win after allowing two runs on six hits and walking two.
The loss went to Ogle (9-9), who went six-plus innings before allowing Reynolds' game winning long ball to open the seventh. She was charged with three runs on five hits and walk while striking out six.
In Saturday's suspended game the Paladins led 7-2 after scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth when play was halted due to rain. The contest will resume at 1:00 p.m. Sunday with the bases loaded and two outs and Furman at the plate.
The Paladins are now 27-10 on the season and 1-3 in SoCon play.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information