LaGrange took second-ranked Emory to extra innings in both games of a Senior Day doubleheader Tuesday at the LaGrange College Softball Complex. The Eagles (40-2-1) escaped with 5-4 and 4-3 wins over the Panthers, who finished the regular season 20-17.
Seniors Shanna Brumbelow, Katie Hein, Katie Ison, Danielle LaDuron, Kristen Woodard and Denise Van Rijst were recognized in a ceremony between games. The seniors have been a part of two Great South Athletic Conference tournament championships and two NCAA Division III national tournament appearances.
The Panthers rallied in both games in the final inning to force extra innings. They trailed 4-3 in the first game and 3-2 in the second game.
In the first game, the Panthers were down to their final out in the seventh inning. Ison kept the inning going with a single and Olivia McGehee followed with another single. Courtney Beshel drove in Ison with the tying run with the third straight hit of the inning.
Emory took a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning. Catherine Norman's ground out scored Dana Goodenough with the go-ahead run. The Panthers got the tying run to third in the bottom of the inning, but Jacklyn Jacobi retired the final two batters to end the game.
The Panthers rallied again in the seventh inning of the second game. Ison reached on an error to start the inning and Beshel singled with one out to put runners on second and third. Megan Wing singled down the left field line to score Ison but Beshel was thrown out trying to score from second on a close play at the plate.
Once again, Emory retook the lead in the eighth inning. Goodenough scored on a base hit by Nicole Perez to put the Eagles up 4-3. The Panthers left the tying run at third in the bottom of the inning to close out the game.
Beshel had three hits in the second game to finish the doubleheader with four. McGehee and Woodard each had a double. The Panthers had 15 hits in the doubleheader.
Woodard took the loss in the first game. She went 7-2/3 innings, allowing all five runs, four of those were earned. She gave up 15 hits walked one and struck out two.
LaDuron started the second game. Shel allowed two runs, one earned, in 4-1/3 innings. Amanda Stukel gave up an unearned run in an inning of work. Kayla Folds took the loss, pitching 2-2/3 innings, giving up the unearned run in the eighth inning.
The Panthers face Agnes Scott at 10 a.m. on Friday in the GSAC Championship Tournament. The tournament is being hosted by Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. and will run through Sunday.