Softball: No. 2 Emory sweeps Panthers 3-1 and 2-0

Softball: No. 2 Emory sweeps Panthers 3-1 and 2-0

ATLANTA, Ga - Second-ranked Emory swept a non-conference doubleheader from LaGrange on Friday at Cooper Field. The Eagles (28-2-1) won the first game 3-1 and completed the sweep with a 2-0 win in the second game.

Katie Hein had four hits in the doubleheader for the Panthers (15-10), including her second home run of the season. Katie Ison and Olivia McGehee each had three hits.

Kayla Folds (4-3) went the distance in taking the loss in the first game. Folds allowed two earned runs, four hits, walked four and struck out one.

Emory took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Dana Goodenough's solo home run. Hein answered Goodenough's home run with a solo blast of her own in the fourth inning  to tie the game 1-1.

The Eagles pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to go up 3-1. Meghan Light drove in both runs with a one-out two-run single.

The Panthers put two runners on in the seventh inning. Folds kept the inning going with a two-out single and Laura Webber followed with a walk. But Eagle pitcher Emily Brottman (13-1) retired McGehee to end the game.

The two teams combined for 20 hits in the second game but for only the Eagles' two runs. Both teams left nine runners on base in the game. The Panthers left the bases loaded in the third and two on in the seventh.

Hein had three of the Panthers' nine hits. Ison, McGehee and Courtney Beshel each had two hits.

Lacee Landrum started for the Panthers and threw two scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out one. Amanda Stukel (0-1) gave up both runs, five hits and struck out a batter. Danielle LaDuron relieved Stukel in the sixth inning after one batter.

Emory scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning on a RBI single by Jessica Thomas. The Eagles added an insurance run in the sixth inning as Claire Bailey scored as part of a double steal.

The Panthers play at Berry on Saturday in a non-conference doubleheader.