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DeMonte Pitches, Hits Furman Softball To Victory Versus UCF, 3-2

Emily DeMonte
Emily DeMonte

No. 19 Wisconsin 4, Furman 1

Furman 3, UCF 2

Clearwater, Fla. -- Senior Emily DeMonte belted a three-run homer and tossed a complete game in the circle to power Furman to a 3-2 victory over UCF Saturday afternoon at the USF-Clearwater Parks & Recreation Showcase at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla. Furman dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 19 Wisconsin in the first game of the day.

After Cammy Pereira and Lauren Duggar reached on singles in the bottom of the third inning, DeMonte erased a 1-0 deficit by hammering a pitch over the center field fence for her third home run of the season to give the Paladins a 3-1 lead. The Sumter, S.C., native retired nine of the next 10 batters she faced before a leadoff double in the top of the seventh. UCF plated a run on Aubrey Johnson's two-out single to left field, but DeMonte got Brooke Barlow to line out to rightfielder Taylor Vahle to end the game.

DeMonte allowed just two runs on five hits in seven innings and fanned four Golden Knights to improve to 6-8 in the circle. Breanna Vasquez (6-3), who surrendered three runs on four Paladin hits in three and one-third innings of work took the loss for UCF.

Marissa Guimbarda went 1-for-2 with a walk for Furman, while DeMonte finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Johnson paced UCF with two hits.

In the first game of the day, Haley Hestekin of Wisconsin held Furman to an unearned run on seven hits over seven innings to pickup the 4-1 victory.

Taylor Johnson's solo homer in the third gave the Badgers a 1-0 lead. Jordan Little tripled to start the bottom of the fifth and scored on Lauren Foster's bunt to double the margin. A squeeze bunt by Kely Welsh and RBI single from Little upped the lead to 4-0 after six innings.

In the top of the seventh, Amanda Fleming singled to drive in Furman's run, but Wisconsin threw out a runner at the plate to end the game.

DeMonte suffered the loss for Furman allowing two runs on five hits in five innings of work. Duggar led Furman with a pair of hits.

Furman (6-15) concludes tournament play and its spring break trip versus No. 14 Indiana at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Fans can follow live statistics through StatBroadcast at FurmanPaladins.com and can find in-game updates via Twitter by following @FurmanSoftball.