DANVILLE, Va. - LaGrange and Averett split a USA South doubleheader Saturday. The Panthers (17-7, 8-6 USA South) took the first game 7-4, while the Cougars (14-6, 8-2 USA South) salvaged a split with a 7-2 win in the second game.
Olivia Wolfe (9-3) pitched into the sixth inning to get the win in the first game. Wolfe allowed the four runs, seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Kara Patterson got the final five outs to close out the win.
The Panthers built a 4-1 lead after four innings. Jiles led off the first with a single and scored as Gravett reached on an error. In the second, Jiles had an RBI double and Courtney Beshel a run-scoring singe.
In the fifth, the Panthers tacked on two more runs to go up 6-1. Newbern drove in Gravett, who had led off the inning with a double, with a single and later scored on a wild pitch.
Gravett and Newbern followed the same script in the sixth to give the Panthers a 7-2 lead. Gravett doubled with one out and came around to score on Newbern's two-out single to right field.
The Cougars got two runs back off Wolfe in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-4. Patterson got the final two outs of the sixth and closed out the win in the seventh.
In the second game, the Cougars used a four-run fourth inning to break the game open and take a 7-0 lead.
Patterson (3-1) started the second game for the Panthers. She gave up six runs, but only three were earned. Gravett finished on the mounds, allowing a run in 2-2/3 innings of work.
Beshel and Newbern had four of the Panthers' eight hits. Newbern drove in both Panther runs in the seventh with a double. She finished the doubleheader with four RBIs, after entering the day with only three on the season.
The Panthers play at Greensboro on Sunday in a USA South doubleheader.