Furman rallied in the second game to erase a 3-1 Presbyterian College softball lead and take the eventual 4-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader this afternoon at Pepsi Stadium in Greenville, S.C. The Blue Hose dropped the first game, 3-1.
PC fell to 8-15 overall while Furman improved to 10-17.
After two quiet innings of game one, the Paladins put a couple of runs on the board in the bottom of the third. Nikki Legg scored the first run off a RBI triple by Taylor Jenkins and Jenkins herself came home the next at-bat off a PC error.
Furman scored again in the sixth after Jessie Homesley, who drew a walk to reach first and advanced to second and third off another PC error, came home off a Natalie Clemmons RBI ground out to second base to make it 3-0 in favor of the Paladins.
PC cut the lead to two in the top of the seventh when Morgan Durham walked to first and advance to second on a wild pitch. She scored the next at-bat as Rachel Hopper hit a RBI single down the left field line. That would be as close as the Blue Hose would get as the next two batters struck out and the third out came off a pop up to shortstop to end the game with Furman winning 3-1.
Hopper led the Blue Hose offensive effort, going one-for-three with one RBI. Leslie Hensley went to 5-8 on the year after pitching 6.0 innings and giving up three unearned runs off three hits. She struck out six and walked just one in the losing effort.
Furman's Legg led off the bottom of the first inning in the second game with a double to right field and scored two batters later when Homesley hit a RBI single through the left side, as the Paladins took an early 1-0 lead.
Hopper singled up the middle to open the second inning, with Durham reaching next on a fielder's choice that saw no one get out. Erin Taylor followed with a two-RBI double to left center to give the Blue Hose the 2-1 lead.
PC added another run in the second after Taylor scored off a Furman error, one of two in the inning, to lead 3-1 after two-and-a-half.
The Paladins cut the margin to one, 3-2, the bottom of the second when Sarah Eidt singled in Clemmons, who began the inning with a single up the middle.
After Homesley reached on a PC error in the third, she advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Clemmons singled to right field to tie the game, 3-3.
Furman took the 4-3 lead in the fifth when Homesley hit a sacrifice fly to right field, driving in Legg who singled to right to reach first, advanced to second on a passed ball and took third off a Jenkins' sacrifice bunt.
PC put runners on first and second with one out in the top of the seventh and threatened to at least tie the game, but the Blue Hose couldn't bring them home, striking out and grounding out to end the inning and take the 4-3 loss.
Taylor paced the Blue Hose with a one-for-three effort with two RBI off the home run. Kensley Loudermilk came in relief and pitched 3.0 innings with three strikeouts and no walks. She scattered three hits and surrendered one earned run to pick up the loss to go to 3-3 on the year.
PC begins Big South conference play with a three-game series against Coastal Carolina at the PC Softball Complex Mar. 24-25. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m., while Sunday's single game is at 1 p.m.
The series against the Chanticleers will be streamed live over the internet, weather permitting, at www.BigSouthSports.com as part of the Big South Network sponsored by State Farm. Fans can sign up and watch for a nominal fee.