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Samford Eliminates Furman Softball, 7-0

Casey Bigham
Casey Bigham

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- No. 2 seed Samford scored six first-inning runs en route to a 7-0 victory over sixth-seeded Furman in a Thursday morning elimination game at the Southern Conference Softball Championship at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Bulldogs (23-30) advanced to face the loser of UNCG-Western Carolina in a 4:30 p.m. contest, while Furman concluded its season at 13-38.

Samford sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the first, recording five hits. Whitney Hinton and Kathryn Jackson cracked back-to-back home runs to stake the Bulldogs to a 3-0 lead. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases before Furman starter Emily DeMonte issued a free pass to Hannah Trombley to force in Madison Couch. DeMonte got Ashlyn Barnes to hit a chopper back to the circle, but a low throw to the plate allowed Kelsey Royalty to score before the sixth run of the frame crossed the plate on a ground out.

Annalyn Yantis (5-8) earned the victory for the Bulldogs by tossing a complete-game, three-hit shutout.

Barnes, Jackson and Timberlyn Shurbutt each collected two hits apiece for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-1 versus Furman this season.

DeMonte (11-19) absorbed the loss in her final game as a Paladin after allowing six runs on five hits, two walks and an error in one inning in the circle. Morgan Smith tossed five innings of relief, allowing just a run while notching a career-high four strikeouts.

Junior Casey Bigham collected two hits, including a double, to lead the Paladin offense.