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Georgia Southern Comes From Behind To Sweep Paladins 6-4, 8-4

Marissa Guimbarda (photo courtesy of Craig Johnson)
Marissa Guimbarda (photo courtesy of Craig Johnson)

Georgia Southern 6, Furman 4 (8 Inn.)

Georgia Southern 8, Furman 4

Statesboro, Ga. -- Georgia Southern rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the eighth inning of game one to win 6-4 and overcame a 4-1 Furman lead to claim an 8-4 game two victory as the Eagles completed a doubleheader sweep of the Paladins in Tuesday softball action at Eagle Field in Statesboro, Ga.

Logan Harrell fouled off four consecutive two-strike pitches before hammering a two-run, walk-off homer to right-center field in Georgia Southern's 6-4 victory in game one.

The Eagles led 3-1 in the top of the seventh inning when Furman pitcher Emily DeMonte helped her own cause with a game-tying, two-run blast to left field. She followed by retiring the Eagles in order in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Cammy Pereira gave Furman a 4-3 advantage in the top of the eighth with an RBI single to center field to plate Lauren Duggar, the international tiebreaking runner.

Georgia Southern popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt to open the bottom of the eighth, but Shelby Wilson, who homered earlier in the game, laced a double into the gap to drive in the tying run. Two batters later, Harrell completed the rally with her walk-off blast.

Reliever Ashleigh Morton picked up the win to improve to 4-2 for the Eagles, while DeMonte (2-6) suffered the loss for Furman after allowing six runs, four earned, in seven and two-thirds innings or work.

Wilson finished 2-for-4 with a double, homer and three runs batted in for Georgia Southern. DeMonte went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a base on ball for the Paladins, while Marissa Guimbarda homered and was hit by a pitch.

In the nightcap, Guimbarda launched her second and third home runs of the day to help Furman to a 4-1 lead, but Georgia Southern (11-4) scored a pair of runs in each of its final three turns at bat to claim an 8-4 verdict.

Ashlynn Gunter went 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks and drove in two runs to power an Eagle offense that took advantage of seven bases on balls and a pair of Furman errors.

Rylee Waldrep (3-2) held Furman (2-9) without a hit over three and one-third innings of relief to pick up the victory, while Mackense Greico (0-3) absorbed the loss after allowing eight runs, four earned, on eight hits and seven walks over six innings.

Guimbarda went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs to pace the Paladin offense.

Furman is back in action this weekend with five games in the USF-Clearwater Parks & Recreation Invitational at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla. The Paladins will open tournament play on Friday at 10 a.m. versus the Troy Trojans.

Fans can follow live statistics all weekend through StatBroadcast at FurmanPaladins.com and can find in-game updates via Twitter by following @FurmanSoftball.