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Furman Softball Stuns No. 14 Indiana, 5-1

Cammy Pereira
Cammy Pereira

Clearwater, Fla. -- Furman broke open a 1-1 tie with four runs in the top of the seventh and freshman Mackense Greico tossed a complete game to earn her first collegiate victory as the Paladins stunned 14th-ranked Indiana, 5-1, in the USF-Clearwater Parks & Recreation Showcase at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex Sunday morning.

With the game knotted at 1-1 after six innings, Furman's Sara Windham worked a leadoff walk to begin the seventh and Indiana (21-3) called to the bullpen for ace Tara Trainer. After Trainer fanned Amanda Fleming, pinch runner Marina Griffin stole second base and Cammy Pereira lined a double over the head of the centerfielder to give Furman a 2-1 lead. Trainer retired Lauren Duggar, but Marissa Guimbarda followed with a single to drive in Pereira and send the Hoosiers back to their bullpen. Casey Bigham welcomed starter Emily Goodin back into the circle by blasting a two-run homer to center field to up the Paladin lead to 5-1.

Greico (1-7) closed out the game in the bottom of the seventh by retiring the Hoosiers in order to pick up her first win as a Paladin. The Aberdeen, Md., native scattered four hits in seven innings of work and allowed just an unearned run. She fanned three batters without issuing a walk.

Furman got on the board first in the top of the second inning when Savannah Hughes doubled inside the third base bag and scored on Greico's single to right field. Indiana answered with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Taylor Lambert was plunked by a pitch with two outs, stole second and scored when Gabbi Jenkins bunted for a single and the throw to first sailed wide. Greico bounced back to retire 10 out of the final 11 batters to hold the Hoosiers to one run.

Pereira and Hughes each went 2-for-4 with a double for the Paladins, while Guimbarda finished 2-for-3 with two singles and a base on balls. Taylor Vahle added a triple.

Natalie Foor (2-1), who surrendered a run on just a walk in two-thirds innings of work suffered the loss.

Furman (7-15) returns home from its 22-game season-opening road trip to host the Virginia Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Pepsi Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Fans can follow live statistics through StatBroadcast at FurmanPaladins.com and can find in-game updates via Twitter by following @FurmanSoftball.