Panthers split non-conference DH with Emory

The first game was a pitcher's duel between the Panthers' Kristen Woodard and Emory's Bridget Holloway. The pair allowed only four hits through four scoreless innings.

Emory (25-15) broke up the scoreless game with a run in the fifth inning. Nicole Perez led off the inning with a single and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt. Cassandra Walsh singled up the middle to drive in Perez with the first run of the game.

The Panthers rallied in the sixth inning to take the lead. Olivia McGehee led off with a triple to left field. One out later, Holly Hazelwood hit a sharp grounder to Holloway, who threw the ball away at first as McGehee scored the tying run.

Hazelwood ended up at second on the play. She moved over to third as Katie Ison ground out to second for the second out.  Valeree Williams reached on an error as Hazelwood scored the go-ahead run.

Danielle LaDuron (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the win. She allowed a hit in the sixth and retired the Eagles in order in the seventh. Hazelwood made a nice running catch in right center for the final out of the game.

In the second game, Emory built a 4-1 lead off Shanna Brumbelow (6-5) in the fifth inning. Kayla Folds got the final two outs in the fifth and finished with two scoreless innings.

The Panthers trailed 2-0 in the third inning. Kayla Yeargin had a one-out single in the Panthers' half of the third. She moved up to second on a ground out and came around to score on Ison's base hit to right field to make it 2-1.

The Eagles added to their lead with two runs in the fifth to go up 4-1. The Panthers answered with two runs in their half of the fifth.

McGehee started the inning with a single to left. She moved up to second on a wild pitch and over to third on a ground out. Hazelwood drew a walk and McGehee scored on the play as the ball went to the back stop. With Hazelwood on third, Williams singled through the left side to drive in Hazelwood to make it 4-3.

Holloway relieved starter Marion Holland to get the final two outs in the inning. She retired the Panthers in order in the sixth and seventh innings to pick up a save.

The Panthers host Wesleyan in a GSAC doubleheader Friday beginning at 5 p.m.