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Samford Takes Two Games From Furman Softball 7-2, 9-4

Natalie Morgan
Natalie Morgan

Birmingham, Ala. -- Hannah Trombley doubled, tripled, homered and drove in four runs to help Samford to a 7-2, 9-4 Southern Conference softball doubleheader sweep of Furman Saturday afternoon at SU Softball Stadium.

Samford 7, Furman 2
In game one of the weekend series, Samford (15-22, 4-1 SoCon) rallied from a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the third inning, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to down Furman, 7-2.

Timberlyn Shurbutt opened the bottom of the third with a solo blast and Trombley laced a two-out, two-run double off the right-center field fence to propel the Bulldogs to a 4-2 lead. Two innings later, Kathryn Jackson belted a two-run homer and Whitney Hinton capped the scoring with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

Furman loaded the bases in the first and third innings, but the Paladins failed to score both times en route to stranding eight runners. The Paladins lone offense in game one came in the second inning when Cammy Pereira, 3-for-4 for the game, laced a two-out, two-run triple inside the first base bag to give Furman an early 2-1 advantage.

Starter Marissa Guimbarda (0-2) suffered the loss for Furman after allowing four runs on four hits and four walks in three innings of work. Annalyn Yantis (3-5) picked up the victory for Samford. She gave up two runs on six hits while striking out six batters and walking five.

Shurbutt, Hinton and Jackson each homered for the Bulldogs, while Maddie Dorsett and Trombley totaled two hits apiece.

Samford 9, Furman 4
The Bulldogs completed the doubleheader sweep of Furman by rallying from a 4-0 deficit with nine unanswered runs in game two.

After Furman took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with the help of a throwing error, the Paladins added three runs in the second. Freshman Natalie Morgan lined a two-run triple to left field for her first career safety and scored on Pereira's sacrifice fly.

Trailing 4-0, Samford halved the lead on a two-run blast from Trombley in the bottom of the second inning off of Paladin starter Emily DeMonte. Hinton drove in the Bulldogs' third run in the third inning and Samford plated four more runs, three unearned, to take the lead in the fourth. Two runs scored when Mekhi Mayfield reached on a DeMonte throwing error and Hinton delivered a two-run single two batters later to up the Samford lead to 7-4.

Reliever Taylor DeCelles (3-9) tossed five and one-third scoreless innings to earn the victory. She limited Furman to three hits and fanned five Paladins. Hinton went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Trombley notched two hits and drove in two runs.

DeMonte (8-11) surrendered seven runs, three earned, on seven hits over four innings to absorb the loss. Guimbarda finished 2-for-4 with a double for the Paladins (9-22, 1-4 SoCon).

Sunday's series finale will be streamed live on ESPN3 at 2 p.m. ET with Graham Doty and Abby Adams calling the action. Live statistics will also be available. Links for the live stream and live stats can be found at FurmanPaladins.com.