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Softball Drops Pair On Opening Day Of Gardner-Webb Tournament

Savannah Hughes
Savannah Hughes

George Washington 6, Furman 4

Gardner-Webb 12, Furman 2

Boiling Springs, N.C. -- Furman fell to George Washington, 6-4, and Gardner-Webb, 12-2, on the opening day of the season Friday afternoon at the Gardner-Webb Tournament at Brinkley Stadium in Boiling Springs, N.C.

In the season-opener, Furman jumped on top with a four-spot in the top of the third inning. Casey Bigham and Marissa Guimbarda drew back-to-back walks to open the frame before freshman Savannah Hughes lined a three-run homer over the left-centerfield fence. With two outs, Cammy Pereira tripled into the gap and scored Furman's fourth run of the inning when Taylor Vahle reached on a dropped popup in the infield.

Two singles and a walk helped George Washington load the bases in the bottom of the inning. Marta Fuentes and Jenna Cone plated runs with singles and Elena Shelepak delivered a single up the middle to score two runs and knot the game at 4-4. A wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score as the Colonials grabbed a 5-4 lead.

Cone extended the George Washington lead to 6-4 with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth and Sierra Lange came out of the bullpen to hurl three perfect innings of relief to secure the win. Kaitlin Buff (1-0), who allowed four runs on two hits in four innings picked up the victory, while Lange fanned four batters to notch the save.

Senior Emily DeMonte (0-1) gave up six runs on nine hits over six innings to absorb the loss for Furman.

In the second game of the day, Gardner-Webb took advantage of eight first-inning walks to plate eight runs and cruised to a 12-2 victory in five innings.

Brooke Petty (1-0) earned the win for the Runnin' Bulldogs allowing two runs on five hits over five innings. She fanned three and walked three. Petty went 2-for-2 at the plate and batted in five runs, including a grand slam in the bottom of the third.

Mackense Greico (0-1) took the loss for Furman after allowing 12 runs on 10 walks and just four hits in four innings of work.

Sophomore Marissa Guimbarda went 1-for-2 with a two-run double and a base on balls for the Paladins in game two after walking twice and scoring a run in the opener.

Furman (0-2) is back in action on Saturday with a 10 a.m. game versus George Washington and 12 p.m. contest against Georgetown.

Fans can follow live statistics for each game this weekend through StatBroadcast at and can find in-game updates via Twitter by following @FurmanSoftball.