BREVARD, N.C. - LaGrange swept a USA South doubleheader from Brevard on Saturday. The Panthers rallied in their last at-bat to win Game 1 5-4, then completed the sweep with a 12-3 thumping of the Tornados in the second game.
LC (9-11, 5-7 USA South) fell behind 4-1 and still trailed 4-2 heading to their final at-bat. Taylor Long drove in Landon DeLamar with a double to score the first run of the inning. The tying and go-ahead runs came on wild pitches. Kaitlin Redmond scored first, then McKenzie Brunel came home next to put LC up 5-4. Brevard got the tying run as far as third in the bottom of the inning before Payton Thomas (3-4) got the final out. Thomas pitched five innings in relief of Kristina Calixto, allowing an unearned run. Long, Sydney Hodorff, and Michaela Keel each had two hits.
The Panthers exploded for six runs in the second inning and never looked back. Hodorff capped the big inning with a three-run home run, her second of the season. Hodorff added a double later and finished the game with four RBIs. Haley Coleman led LC's 13-hit attack with three hits. DeLlamar had a triple included in her two hits. Emsley Smith (5-6) scattered seven hits and allowed three runs in five innings to get the win. Ansley Brown threw two scoreless innings of relief.
The Panthers host Wesleyan on Wednesday in a USA South doubleheader.