Softball: Last inning rally gives Brenau sweep of Panthers

Softball: Last inning rally gives Brenau sweep of Panthers

Brenau University rallied in the last inning to take an 8-5 win over LaGrange College on Saturday at the LaGrange College Softball Complex. The win completed a sweep by the Tigers over the Panthers, after taking the first game 11-1.

The Panthers (1-3) were one out away from getting a win against the NAIA's fifth-ranked team for the second straight day. The Panthers led 5-3 with two outs but an error kept the inning going for the Tigers and led to five unearned runs.

The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. With two outs and two on, Kelbi Burgering doubled to right center, scoring Hannah Patterson. Laura Webber followed with a two-run single to center, scoring Kayla Folds and Burgering.

The Panthers added to their lead in the fourth. The Panthers loaded the bases with one out. Patterson reached on an error, allowing Courtney Beshel to score. Danielle Newbern's ground out scored Emmie Trull to make it 5-0.

Brenau, held by Folds (1-1) to three hits through five innings, got three in the sixth in cutting the Panthers' lead to 5-3. Morgan Smith drove in all three runs with a two-out home run to left.

In the seventh, the Tigers tied the game with back-to-back singles following the error. With the bases loaded, Smith cleared them with a double to put the Tigers up 8-5. The Panthers went in order in the bottom of the inning.

In the first game, Brenau built a 10-1 lead through three innings. The Tigers added a run in the fourth and the game ended after five because of the eight-run mercy rule. Newbern's RBI single in the first inning scored Beshel to account for the Panthers' only run.

Lindsey Hogan (0-1) started the game and was relieved by Amanda Stukel with two outs in the first. Stukel finished the game on the mound for the Panthers.

The Panthers play at Reinhardt on Wednesday in a doubleheader.