Game One Recap:
Gamecocks Drop Game One to Furman, 8-6
GREENVILLE, SC March 13, 2013 – Behind homers from Ambree Muller and Lauren Collier, Furman (9-11) took the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader from South Carolina (15-6) 8-6 at Pepsi Stadium.
Collier hit the difference maker with two outs in the sixth, a three-run shot to left center to hand the Paladins an 8-5 lead. That scored Sieara Bishop and Natalie Clemmons, who reached with one down on a hit and a hit by pitch, respectively. South Carolina tried to tie the game in the seventh, getting an RBI groundout from freshman left fielder Alaynie Page, but with a runner at third, Paladin left fielder Muller made a diving catch to rob a hit from the Gamecocks that would have drawn them to within one, instead ending the game.
Furman took its first lead in the bottom of the fourth. Bishop doubled home Nikki Legg with no one out. After a pop out, Muller came up and poked one the other way that just cleared the left-field wall, giving the Paladins the 5-4 lead. South Carolina tied it in the top of the sixth on sophomore centerfielder Kristen Struett’s RBI double, plating junior pinch runner Brooke Barnhill.
South Carolina got a 2-0 lead in the second, as senior shortstop Samie Garcia got a two-RBI single, scoring redshirt senior first baseman Kelley Dillon and sophomore right fielder Chelsea Hawkins. Furman scored runs in the second and third to knot the game at 2-2. Stephanie Spain had an RBI single in the second, scoring Stephanie Field, while Field drove in the run in the third with her hit to center, scoring Clemmons.
The Gamecocks retook the lead in the fourth on freshman pinch hitter Ansley Ard’s single, scoring junior third baseman Codee Yeske and Garcia, the latter after a throw from the Paladin second basemen got away in the infield. But Furman answered in the bottom of the frame.
Shelby Parker (2-2) got the victory for Furman, giving up two earned runs on a hit and a walk in a 1.2 innings. Meaghan Houston picked up her fourth save of the year, giving up a walk while fanning one in the seventh. Gamecock freshman Katie Marks (5-3) took the loss, allowing six earned runs on six hits while fanning three in 3.2 innings.
Hawkins went 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Garcia went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Dillon scored twice in a 1-for-3 day. Bishop led the Paladins with a 3-for-4 day, scoring twice and driving in a run. Field went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Game Two Recap:
Hathorn’s Homer Lifts Gamecocks to 6-5 Win at Furman
First homer of the year the difference in the win
GREENVILLE, SC March 13, 2013 – A sixth-inning solo blast from junior second baseman Dana Hathorn lifted South Carolina (16-6) to a 6-5 win at Furman (9-12) in the second game on Wednesday afternoon at Pepsi Stadium.
Hathorn drove the 1-0 pitch over the wall in left with one down, giving South Carolina its final advantage. Other Gamecock hitters with big days included freshman designated player Ansley Ard going 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI and senior catcher Shelby Gonzales’ 2-for-2 outing with a two-run homer.
Furman took the 2-0 lead in the first when Natalie Clemmons launched one out to left, also driving home Sieara Bishop after she started the game with a walk. The Gamecocks tied it in the second on redshirt sophomore first baseman Julie Sarratt’s RBI single and junior pinch runner Brooke Barnhill’s run when she scored on a passed ball.
The Gamecocks held a 5-2 lead after three, with Ard driving in one with her single, plating junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins. Gonzales came up next and hit the first pitch from reliever Shelby Parker out to left center, making it 5-2. The Paladins tied it in the fourth, the first scoring on a Gamecock error and the next two on junior Sarah Eidt’s two-RBI double.
Gamecock redshirt senior pitcher Audrey Broyles (5-2) came in after the Eidt double and silenced the Paladin bats, giving up two hits and a walk while fanning five in four innings out of the bullpen. Lauren Collier (3-5) took the loss for Furman, giving up one earned run on three hits and a walk in three innings of relief. Collier struck out three.
Clemmons went 2-for-4 for Furman, driving in two runs.
South Carolina opens Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field this weekend, hosting No. 4/6 Alabama. Friday night’s first pitch is set for 7 p.m. EDT