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Softball Drops Midweek Matchup At USF, 7-1

Marissa Guimbarda
Marissa Guimbarda

Tampa, Fla. -- Bethaney Keen and Macy Cook each belted home runs and three USF pitchers combined to hold Furman to one run as the Bulls topped the Paladins, 7-1, Wednesday night at USF Softball Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Sophomore Marissa Guimbarda gave Furman a 1-0 lead in the top of the first by hammering a two-out pitch over the batter's eye in straightaway center field for her seventh home run in the last eight games, but Keen answered with a two-run blast in the bottom of the frame to give USF a 2-1 advantage.

In the top of the fifth, USF reliever Nicole Doyle issued walks to two of the Paladins first three batters. Georgina Corrick entered from the bullpen and retired the first batter she faced before allowing a two-out walk to Casey Bigham to load the bases. The Bulls right-hander ended the threat, however, by striking out Guimbarda to end the inning.

USF added to its lead with a five-run bottom of the fifth. A double by Lindsey Devitt and single by AnaMarie Bruni with one out set the table for Megan Pierro who lined a two-run triple into the gap. Keen followed with an RBI single before Cook homered to left-center to up the lead to 7-1.

Starter Cheyenne Eggens (2-1) picked up the win for USF after surrendering just one run on three hits over four innings. Corrick fanned seven batters over two and one-third scoreless innings to earn her second save of the season.

DeVitt, Pierro, Keen and Cook each tallied two hits for the Bulls, while Keen batted in three runs.

Paladin starter Emily DeMonte (5-7) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in four and one-third innings of work.

Furman returns to action on Friday when it opens play in the USF-Clearwater Parks & Recreation Showcase with a 10 a.m. first pitch versus the Providence Friars. Fans can follow live statistics through StatBroadcast at and can find in-game updates via Twitter by following @FurmanSoftball.