Pitching paramount to softball’s weekend wins

Sam Chandler, Sports Editor

The Samford softball team (20-11, 2-1 SoCon) began conference play in strong fashion this past weekend, winning two of its three games against Furman to claim a series victory.

Behind dominant pitching performances from redshirt junior Mollie Hanson, the ‘Dogs swept both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, handing the Paladins a pair of 4-2, 1-0 losses.PR-Sooftball

Hanson pitched back-to-back complete games, limiting Paladin batters to just six hits over a combined 14 innings. Hanson totaled 11 strikeouts and gave up two walks on the way to picking up two key victories.

Now 11-6 on the season, Hanson needed only 79 pitches to complete her shutout in the second game of the doubleheader.

“Mollie threw 14 great innings, and I felt like innings 10 through 14 were her strongest,” head coach Mandy Burford said. “She’s just one of those competitors and one of those fighters.”

After a duo of low-scoring affairs, the Furman offense came to life in the series finale on Sunday afternoon, erupting for 14 hits and 11 runs.

Despite plating nine runs of their own, the Bulldogs could not match the offensive pace set by the visitors, dropping the third series’ game 11-9.

On the weekend, sophomore catcher Abby Sweeney and sophomore second baseman Abbie Miranda led the ‘Dogs at the plate. Sweeney and Miranda each blasted two home runs and drove in four RBIs.

The team will return to action this afternoon when they travel to Clarksville, Tennessee, to face Austin Peay for a mid-week doubleheader.

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