Rhodes took the first game 4-1, scoring three
runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie. The
Panthers fell 6-2 in the second game as the Lynx pushed across four
runs to break a 2-2 tie.
Shanna Brumbelow (0-1) took the loss for the Panthers in the first game. Brumbelow allowed three runs in 6-1/3 innings. She walked three and struck out three. Danielle LaDuron closed out the seventh inning, allowing a run on two hits.
The Panthers had five hits in the game. Holly Hazelwood had two of the hits and also stole two bases. Brumbelow, Katie Hein and Katie Ison each had a double.
Rhodes scored the game's first run in the top of the sixth to go up 1-0. The Panthers came right back in their half of the sixth to tie the game. Hazelwood led off with a single to center and then stole second. Hein doubled to the fence to drive in the tying run.
Jessica Whatley got the Lynx out more trouble with a running
catch of Megan Wing's drive to right center. She was able to double
up Hein at second, who was running on the play.
Hein temporarily got the Panthers out of a jam in the seventh. She made a nice catch in right of a line drive off Allison's Conn bat with two runners on. But Rebekah Moore followed with a two-run single and the Lynx would add another run to go up 4-1.
In the second game, the Lynx took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off starter Kristen Woodard. Woodard went four innings, allowing the two runs, scattering eight hits and striking out one.
The Panthers tied the game in the fourth inning. They loaded the bases with no outs on a hit by Ison, Hein reaching on an error and Wing reaching on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Kayla Folds came through with a pinch-hit single to left, driving in Hein and Wing to tie the game.
Rhodes came right back with four runs off Folds, who had relieved Woodard. Elise Suna's two-run double broke the 2-2 tie and the Lynx added two more runs for a 6-2 lead.
Wing had two of the Panthers' four hits. Rhodes had 17 hits in the game, led by Conn's four hits.
The Panthers are at Truett-McConnell for a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.