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errum College senior pitcher/infielder Shelbie Hall makes contact with a pitch during a plate appearance from the 2012 campaign, a season in which the Panthers won the USA South Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament. Ferrum plays its 2013 home and conference opener Sunday at noon against LaGrange (Ga.) College. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
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Friday, March 8, 2013

LYNCHBURG -- Ferrum College and Lynchburg College split a non-conference softball doubleheader Tuesday with the Hornets winning the first game, 5-4, in 10 innings and the Panthers taking the second contest, 7-2.

Ferrum (9-5) saw a four-game winning streak end with the first-game setback.

The Panthers cashed in a 3-0 lead, one that was achieved courtesy of the play of Shelbie Hall -- her RBI double in the third frame and her two-run home run in the top of the fifth produced that advantage.

The Hornets rallied for three runs in their half of the seventh to force extra innings.

Each team scored a run in the eighth to make the count 4-4.

The Hornets (5-3) scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on a single by Nicole Riley, scoring Nicole Shipp from third base.

Elizabeth Fioretti earned the victory in the pitching circle. She threw five innings of no-hit relief. She struck out five.

Rachel Shumaker was charged with the loss for Ferrum after tossing 4 1/2 innings of relief.

Karly Thompson, Courtney Burner and Sadie Wallace (Franklin County) also collected hits for the Panthers.

Shumaker and Thompson each stole a base for the Panthers, and Wallace drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Hall was charged with both of Ferrum's errors.

In the second game, Ferrum took a 1-0 lead by scoring the game's initial run in the top of the fourth.

The Panthers increased their advantage to 5-0, courtesy of a four-run fifth, and 7-0, courtesy of a two-run sixth.

The Hornets prevented the shutout by tallying both of their runs in the last of the seventh.

A two-run double by Hall keyed Ferrum's four-run fifth.

Also, Lindsey Slover drove in two runs for the Panthers. She belted a triple.

Thompson, Wallace and Suzanne Plasters also collected doubles

Righthander Kaitlyn Culler pitched a complete-game seven-hitter. She struck out three.

The Panthers collected 11 hits: two each by Alyana Law, Wallace and Slover and one each by Hall, Thompson, Plasters, Culler and Chloe Brzycki.

Ferrum, the reigning USA South Athletic Conference champion, opens league play Sunday at home against Piedmont (Ga.) College, which is in its first year of conference play.

The doubleheader begins at noon at Franklin Community Bank Field.

Game one of the twinbill is Ferrum's home opener.

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