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Furman Drops Two Versus Chattanooga To Begin SoCon Play 3-2, 9-0

Cammy Pereira
Cammy Pereira

Greenville, S.C. -- Chattanooga's Gracey Kruse went 3-for-5 with two double and a triple to help the Mocs sweep a twinbill from Furman 3-2, 9-0 on the opening day of Southern Conference play Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Stadium.

Game 1: Chattanooga 3, Furman 2 (8 inn.)
Chattanooga survived a seventh inning rally by the Paladins to down Furman, 3-2, in eight innings in game one of the series.

With the Paladins trailing 2-0 after five and a half innings, Marissa Guimbarda launched a solo home run to right field to lead off the sixth inning and Cammy Pereira tied the game with a solo homer to right to lead off the seventh to knot the game at 2-2. Taylor Vahle followed with a single and Chattanooga intentionally walked Guimbarda to force the potential winning run into scoring position with nobody out. The Mocs Mariah Ramirez (10-0), however, fanned Savannah Hughes and got Mackense Greico to line into a double play to send the contest to extra innings.

Emily DeMonte retired the first two batters in the top of the eighth, but Kruse lined a triple down the right field line and scored when Aly Walker's two-out grounder to second base was misplayed. Furman's Casey Bigham reached on an error and moved to second base on Amanda Fleming's base on balls in the bottom of the inning before Ramirez struck out Lauren Duggar and got Pereira to hit a soft liner to third base to end the game.

Ramirez tossed two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while walking two batters and striking out three to earn the victory for Chattanooga. Devan Brown doubled and drove in two for the Mocs.

DeMonte (7-10) suffered the loss for Furman after giving up just two earned runs on six hits in eight innings. She fanned three without issuing a walk.

The Paladins left eight runners in scoring position and 11 runners total in the one-run loss. Pereira paced the Paladin offense going 4-for-5 with a double and a home run.

Game 2: Chattanooga 9, Furman 0 (6 inn.)
In game two, Chattanooga plated nine runs on 13 hits, including four runs in the first inning, en route to a 9-0 victory over the Paladins.

The Mocs totaled four runs on five hits off Greico in the top of the first, highlighted by Amanda Beltran's two-run single. Emma Sturdivant delivered RBI singles in each of the first two innings and Hayleigh Weissenbach added a two-run homer in the sixth to help trigger the mercy rule.

Allison Swinford came on in relief of Ramirez and hurled five shutout innings while surrendering just four hits to improve to 6-2. Weissenbach finished 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs for Chattanooga.

Greico (1-9) allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits in three innings to absorb the loss. Pereira went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Paladins.

Furman (8-20, 0-2 SoCon) and Chattanooga (23-7, 2-0 SoCon) conclude their three-game SoCon series on Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday's game will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network and live statistics will be provided through StatBroadcast. Links for both will be available at FurmanPaladins.com.