Softball: LaGrange splits with visiting Birmingham-Southern

Softball: LaGrange splits with visiting Birmingham-Southern

The Panther softball team split with the visiting Panthers of Birmingham-Southern in a late afternoon doubleheader on Tuesday at the LaGrange College softball complex. BSC took the first game with a score of 8-0, while the Panthers battled back to win game two, 1-0.

The Panthers were off to a slow start in the first game, as BSC strung nine hits together over the course of the game to hold on for the win.

The Panthers' designated player, Kate Smith, turned in a perfect 2-for-2 performance at the plate. Catcher Jordan Conner also recorded a base hit for the Panthers.  

In the second game, it was the Panthers' turn to record the shutout, for their 14th win of the season.

Kayla Folds earned the win for the Panthers, striking out three batters and allowing just five hits.

With the game scoreless heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, shortstop Danielle Newbern led off with a single to center field. Right fielder Courtney Beshel reached on a bunt to third base, advancing Newbern to second. One out later, second baseman Hannah Patterson singled to center field, knocking in Newbern and advancing Beshel, who eventually was thrown out at third base.

With two outs, third baseman Laura Webber smoked a line drive towards the pitcher to reach with a single, advancing Patterson. The inning ended in a strikeout, but the damage was enough for the Panthers, as solid defense held BSC scoreless for the remainder of the game.

The Panthers return to action on Friday against Agnes Scott in Great South Athletic Conference tournament action, hosted by Maryville College, in Maryville, Tenn. The game is set to begin at 10 a.m.