In the first game, Shanna Brumbelow (4-1)
allowed a run and only one hit in six innings. She walked five and
struck out two. In her last three starts, Brumbelow has allowed two
hits in 15 innings of work. Kayla Folds retired the Lady Hawks in
order in the seventh for her second save.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Brumbelow reached on a fielder's choice. One out later, Folds doubled to center field as Brumbelow came around to score on the play.
It stayed 1-0 until the fifth inning. With two outs, Katie Hein gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with a solo home run to left. It was Hein's first home run of the season.
The Lady Hawks cut the Panthers' lead in half in the sixth inning. P.J. Pringle's two-out hit scored pinch-runner Chala Monk to make it 2-1. Brumbelow struck out Megan Jackson to end the threat and Folds came on in the seventh to seal the win.
The Panthers trailed 2-1 in the second game heading to the
bottom of the fifth inning. Valeree Williams, Brumbelow and Folds
opened the inning with back-to-back-back doubles to put the
Panthers up 3-2. The Panthers took advantage of two errors in the
inning to add on three more runs and a 6-2 lead.
The Panthers closed out the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with four runs. Brumbelow doubled for the second straight inning and scored on Kristen Woodard's base hit. Hein tripled to right to drive in two more runs. Holly Hazelwood ended the game on the eight-run mercy rule with a single to left to drive in Hein for the 10-2 final score.
The Panthers had 16 hits in the game. Hazelwood led the way with
four hits in raising her average to .507. Hein, Williams and
Brumbelow each had three hits. Hein finished the game with
Kristen Woodard (5-3) pitched a complete game. She scattered eights and allowed only one earned run. Woodard did not walk a batter and struck out one.
The two teams meet again next Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala. The doubleheader will count in the GSAC standings.