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Softball Drops Two Tough Outings Against LaGrange

Softball Drops Two Tough Outings Against LaGrange

LAGRANGE, Ga.—The Fontbonne University softball team dropped two tough games on Friday night as they fell to LaGrange 9-1 (5 inn.) in game one and 6-5 in game two.

Game One

Final: LaGrange 9, Fontbonne 1

Location: LaGrange, Ga.

Records: LaGrange 1-4, Fontbonne 0-6

How It Happened

Things started out well for the Griffins in the first with Diamond Thomas leading off with a triple. She didn't have to wait long at third with Grace Harlin recording her first collegiate RBI on a groundout to give them a 1-0 lead.

The team tried to tack on more in the third as they had the bases loaded with two outs, however, the Panthers got out of the inning on a fly-out.

In the home half of the third, LaGrange was able to take a 2-1 lead without recording a hit as Taylor Long scored on a fielder's choice and Brittany Todd scored on a wild pitch.

The Panthers scored three more in the fourth, highlighted by a two RBI double from Taylor Long. They went on to score four more in the fifth to win, 9-1.

Fontbonne Notables

  • Thomas ended with two of the three hits for Fontbonne. Daisy Watkins recorded the other.
  • Inside the circle, Maddy Strickland took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3.1 innings pitched.

LaGrange Notables

  • The Panthers scattered 11 hits and were led by the 4-for-4, two runs scored, and two RBI performance from Long.
  • On the rubber, Emsley Smith earned the win after allowing one run in 4.0 innings of work.

Game Two

Final: LaGrange 6, Fontbonne 5

Location: LaGrange, Ga.

Records: LaGrange 2-4, Fontbonne 0-7

How It Happened

In the bottom of the second, the Panthers took a 2-0 lead on a homer from Kaitlin Redman. However, the Griffins answered right back in the next half inning.

Melanie Russo reached base on a one out fielder's choice and moved up a base on a passed ball. After a walk to Strickland and a single by Emily Cardwell, the bases were loaded for Lexi Becker.

The St. Louis, Mo., native, came through with an RBI single to left that scored Russo to make it 2-1. Two batters later, Emily McNiff worked a bases loaded walk to tie the game. Then, Thomas followed with an infield single that brought home Cardwell to give the Griffins a 3-2 lead.

The Panthers regained the 4-3 advantage in the bottom of the fourth on two RBI single from Madelynn Formby, but its lead was short-lived.

In the top of the fifth, the Griffins plated two as Alyssa Pisarek and Becker both scored on wild pitches to give Fontbonne the 5-4 lead. The Panthers though wouldn't go away quietly as Formby played spoiler with an RBI single of her own to even it up at 5-5 in the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, with runners on the corners and two outs, Taylor Long hit an infield single that plated Landon DeLamar, who reached base on a fielder's choice, to give the Panthers the walk-off win.

Fontbonne Notables

  • The Griffins set new season-highs with five runs scored and 11 hits.
  • Strickland, Becker, and McNiff had two hits each.
  • Thomas, Grace Harlin, Emelia Modglin, Melanie Russo, and Cardwell had the other hits.
  • Inside the circle, Diamond Thomas was dealt the tough defeat after allowing five earned runs in 6.1 innings.

LaGrange Notables

  • The Panthers ended with seven hits and were led by Formby going 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.
  • Redman went 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI.
  • Reliever Kristina Calixto got the win after pitching 2.0 innings of shutout ball.

Up Next

  • The Griffins close out its trip down south tomorrow afternoon against Huntingdon. First-pitch at 12 p.m.

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