Brumbelow's hit gives Panthers split with Truett-McConnell

Kayla Folds (2-4) picked up the win in the second game after taking the loss in the first game. She pitched 3-2/3 innings in relief of Danielle LaDuron, allowing only an unearned run. Folds walked one and struck out three.

Brumbelow started the first game, allowing two earned runs in 3-1/3 innings. Folds finished the game; pitching the final 3-2/3 innings. She allowed four runs, three of those were earned, while striking three and walking one.

In the second game, the two teams traded runs in the first two innings. After the Bears went up 3-2 with a run in the top of the third inning, the Panthers came back to take the lead.

Folds tied the game with an RBI single, scoring Valeree Williams. With the bases loaded and two outs, Katie Hein drove in two runs with a base hit over the second base bag to put the Panthers up 5-3.

The Panthers held the lead until the fifth inning. The Bears needed only one hit to score three runs and go up 6-5. They took advantage of two walks and wild pitches each, along with an error by the Panthers.

The Panthers forced extra innings with a clutch hit from Hein. With runners on the corners and two outs, Hein singled to left center to drive in Brumbelow with the tying run. Brumbelow had opened the inning with a base hit and had moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt and a hit by Folds.

The Panthers pushed across the winning run in their half of the eighth inning. Katie Ison reached on an infield single to start the inning. Williams reached on a fielder's choice and Laura Webber walked to load the bases. Brumbelow followed with a line drive single to left to score Ison with the winning run.

Brumbelow finished the game 4-for-4 with two runs scored and the game-winning RBI. Hein had three hits and finished with four RBIs. The Panthers had 14 hits in the game.

In the first game, Williams gave the Panthers a 1-0 first inning lead with a home run to left. It was the team's first home run of the season.

Truett-McConnell scored two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-1 lead. The Panthers got a run back in their half of the sixth. Ison drove in pinch-runner Denise Van Rijst with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-2.

In the seventh, the Panthers came back with two more runs. Brumbelow walked with one out in the inning and Hein doubled to right center to put runners on second and third. Van Rijst doubled in both runners with a double off the third base bag to make it 6-4. The Panthers loaded the bases with two outs, but the Bears escaped the inning with no further damage.

The Panthers play at Wesleyan on Saturday and at Emory on Sunday.