Panthers take two from Berry, 3-2 and 10-2

The Panthers (8-10) have won seven of their last eight games after starting the season 1-9. The Panthers got their first win of the season against the Vikings (12-12) at the Rhodes Invitational Tournament.

Junior outfielder Katie Ison accounted for all three runs for the Panthers in the first game. She scored the Panthers' first run and then ended the game with a two-run two-out triple in the bottom of the seventh. Ison finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate.

Shanna Brumbelow pitched into the seventh inning of the first game. Brumbelow allowed one hit and an earned run in her six innings. She walked four and struck out two.

The Panthers trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Ison led off with a base hit up the middle. She moved up to second on an error and over to third on a wild pitch. Brumbelow drove in Ison with a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 2-1.

Kristen Woodard (3-3) relieved Brumbelow with runners on first and second and no outs in the top of the seventh. Shortstop Valeree Williams made a running over the shoulder catch of pinch-hitter Jessica King' pop up, then wheeled around and threw back to second to double up the runner. Woodard got Lizzie Perry to ground out to end the inning.

Kayla Yeargin started the Panthers' half of the seventh with a base hit to left. Olivia McGehee's sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Denise Van Rijst up to second. Holly Hazelwood kept the inning going with a two-out infield single.

Berry pitcher Caillee Shamoun got ahead in the count to Ison. Ison stayed alive with a foul tip on a 1-2 pitch. On the next pitch, Ison sent a sinking line drive down the right field line. The Vikings' Blaze Wilson made a diving attempt as the ball went off her glove. Van Rijst scored the tying run and Hazelwood came around from first without a play at the plate for the winning run.

The second game was all LaGrange. The Panthers jumped out to a 6-0 lead with six runs in the second inning. Katie Hein had a two-run double in the inning. Williams capped the inning with a two-run home run to left field. It was her team-leading third home run of the season.

Leading 6-2, the Panthers put the game out of reach. They added a run in the third inning on Hein's two-out RBI single. In the fourth, the Panthers scored three more times to go up 10-2. Megan Wing had a run-scoring single, while Kayla Folds and Van Rijst reached on fielder's choices to force in two more runs.

Kayla Folds closed out the game in the fifth by setting the Vikings down in order. Folds had two perfect innings in relief of Woodard, who started the game. Woodard allowed two runs in three innings.

The Panthers host Emory University on Thursday in a doubleheader. The first game begins at 5 p.m.