Softball Plays Hard Ball and Notches Two Wins


Photo courtesy of the Athletic Department

Lyndsey Sears, senior, hit a Grand Slam and drove in six runs in the win agains Susquehanna.

Jazmin Scarberry

The Panthers softball team hit a set of victories on March 5 in Raleigh, NC. They took home two wins at the Grand Slam Triangle Softball Classic against Oberlin College, 8-1, and Susquehanna University, 8-7, at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex. 

In the opening game against Oberlin, Macey Moore, sophomore, got an RBI single that put the Panthers on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. The team then added on three runs in the second inning, including a pair from Lyndsey Sears, senior, with an RBI double in the right center and a run in the third on a fielding error. 

By the end of the fourth inning, Moore had an RBI single to the right, and Breanna Weaver, senior, stole home to make it a 7-0 game. Autumn Overfelt, senior, made it to second base with a groundout in the fifth inning, making it 8-0 with the Panthers in the lead. Oberlin ended the shutout when a runner scored on a passed ball.

In game two against Susquehanna, Sears began the game with an RBI single to bring home Laney Jo Patterson, sophomore, for a quick lead of 1-0 for the Panthers. In response, Susquehanna got three of their own runs in the bottom half of the inning, leading 3-1. However, Sears came in full swing with a grand slam to center field, giving Ferrum a 5-3 lead.

In the third inning, the River Hawks grabbed hold of a run and tied the game 5-5. Then scoring two runs again in the fifth inning, putting the Panthers two points back.  A bases-loaded walk from Emily Hopper, a freshman, helped the panthers cut the lead to 7-6.

After Weaver reached on an error in the seventh, Sears hit a double and drove in the game-tying run. Moore followed this with a double to the right and drove home the go-ahead run. Sears finished off the River Hawks in the final two innings to get the team its second win of the day.

The team will be back on the field for a home game on March 18 against Greensboro College at the Vickie Van Kleek Softball Complex.