Softball swept in shortened series

CHRIS GRIESEDIECK – Sports Writer 

Furman defeated Samford in a two-game series to open conference play over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs struggled to produce offensively in a 4-0 loss, facing a stellar Furman pitcher, Lauren Collier. Collier threw a complete game shutout and only allowed four hits. She also contributed at the plate, as she drove in two runs to give the Paladins a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Junior family studies majors Abby Adams and Caroline Seay hit back-to-back singles in the fourth inning, but they were stranded on base.

Sieara Bishop of Furman launched a home run to left center, adding to the Paladins’ lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Samford’s pitcher, junior elementary education major Mollie Hanson, struck out five Furman batters in the loss. Only one of Furman’s four runs was earned. Sophomore sport administration majors Megan Dowdy and Callie Brister each had one hit each for the Bulldogs.

In the second game of the weekend series, Furman won by a score of 5-1. Freshman exercise science major Abbie Miranda scored the lone run for Samford, on a sacrifice fly by Adams.

Sophomore Caroline Wilder went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double. Dowdy, Brister, Seay and Miranda all produced hits in the contest.

Freshman nursing major Grey Adams allowed just 4 hits while pitching 5.2 innings. Seven Furman players reached base on walks issued by Adams. She moves to 6-1 on the season with the loss.

Samford (20-7, 0-2 SoCon) returns home for a series against SoCon foe UNCG on Saturday, March 22. The doubleheader contest will begin at 1 p.m. (CDT).

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