MACON, Ga. - LaGrange moved into the winner's bracket of the Great South Athletic Conference Championship Tournament with a 3-0 win over top-seeded Piedmont on Friday at the Matthews Athletic Center. The fourth-seeded Panthers (22-17) opened the tournament earlier in the day with a 23-0 win over fifth-seeded Agnes Scott.
Senior Kristen Woodard (5-4) won a pitcher's duel against Piedmont's B.J. Cofer. Woodard pitched a complete game; allowing only five hits, walking one and striking out two. Cofer (10-8) also went the distance; allowing the three runs, seven hits, walking one and striking out four.
The Panthers did all of their scoring in the third inning. With one out, they reeled off three straight hits by Katie Ison, Olivia McGehee and Katie Hein to load the bases. Shanna Brumbelow followed with the fourth straight hit to drive in Ison and McGehee for a 2-0 lead. One out later, Megan Wing's RBI single scored pinch-runner Emmie Trull.
Woodard made the lead hold up the rest of the way. She allowed only two runners to reach third in the game. Woodard got the final out of the game with the Lady Lions having runners on second and third.
Wing and Ison had two hits each for the Panthers. There were no extra base hits in the game by either team.
The Panthers needed only five innings to beat Agnes Scott in their first game of the day. They sent 12 runners to the plate in both the first and second innings to open up a 17-0 lead.
The Panthers play the winner of the Huntingdon/Maryville winner Saturday at 2:30 p.m.