Visiting Salem handed LaGrange two tough luck losses Sunday in a USA South doubleheader. The Spirits (10-7, 2-2 USA South) won 5-4 in eight innings in the first game, then took the second 4-3.
The Panthers (2-10, 1-3 USA South) took a 3-2 lead into the final inning of the second game. Freshman Amber Arnold's three-run inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning had given the Panthers the lead. Arnold had four hits in the two games.
Salem was down to its final out with a runner on in the seventh inning. Pinch-hitter Logan Bowling hit a two-run home run off Emily Cauldwell (0-2) to put the Spirits up 4-3. The Panthers were not able to answer off Brianna Morris in the bottom of the inning.
LaGrange took a 4-1 lead after four innings of the first game. Arnold and pinch-hitter Grayson West had run scoring singles in a two-run second inning. In the fourth inning, the Panthers added two more runs. Adrienne Little scored on Taylor Tallant's ground out and Arnold came around to score on a double by Richardson.
Salem pushed across two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game and force extra innings. The Spirits got the go-ahead run off Twardoski (2-4) in the eighth. The Panthers got the tying run as far as third in the bottom of the inning.
The Panthers had 11 hits in the game. Arnold was 3-for-3 with a double. Emily Barrs also had a double, included in her three hits.
The Panthers host Covenant in a USA South doubleheader Sunday.