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Ferrum takes two from nationally-ranked Piedmont, 5-4 and 8-1
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Former Franklin County standout Alicia Eichenlaub patrols rightfield for the Panthers during the second game of Tuesday’s USA South Athletic Conference softball sweep of Piedmont (Ga.) College at Franklin Community Bank Field. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)

Friday, April 5, 2013

FERRUM -- Lindsay Slover's RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning brought home the game-winning run for Ferrum College and the Panthers completed a doubleheader sweep of nationally-ranked, USA South Athletic Conference rival Piedmont (Ga.) College with a seven-run triumph in the second game Tuesday at Franklin Community Bank Field.

Ferrum, the reigning USA South champions, won the first game, 5-4, and took the second contest, 8-1.

Piedmont, which is in its inaugural year of intercollegiate competition in the USA South, entered the twinbill in first place in the league standings, ranked 11th nationally and boasting an 11-game winning streak.

The sweep by Ferrum marks the first time this season that Piedmont has lost consecutive games.

Slover drove in Karly Thompson with her double.

Aiyana Lew, working in relief of Ferrum starter Kaitlyn Culler, pitched the final two frames and allowed one hit to earn the victory.

Culler permitted five hits, a walk and two earned runs in five innings.

The Panthers led 3-0 after three innings courtesy of a two-run first and one-run third.

The Lions rallied and took the lead, 4-3, after scoring two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Ferrum (14-2 in the USA South, 25-7 overall) squared the count by scoring once in its half of the fifth.

The Panthers outhit the Lions, 8-6, and were not harmed by the three errors they committed on defense.

Culler collected two hits in three plate appearances for Ferrum in the first game, while Lew, who started the game at third base, Shelbie Hall, Chloe Brzycki (double), Thompson, Slover and Alicia Eichenlaub (Franklin County) each registered a hit.

Six players accounted for Piedmont's six hits.

Abby Smith and Megan Kesler each belted a home run for the Lions (15-3 in the USA South, 25-5 overall).

Kesler's home run was a two-run blast in the fourth, while Smith's was a solo shot in the fifth.

In the second game, Piedmont scored its lone run in the top of the third inning.

Ferrum responded by manufacturing two runs in the bottom of the third, then enhanced its advantage by scoring one run the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Thompson was 2 of 4 at the plate with a double, a home run and three RBI.

Hall and Brzycki each was 2 of 3.

Thompson's home run was a two-run shot in the fifth.

Lefthander Emily Taylor tossed a complete-game five-hitter. She surrendered two walks and struck out three.

Piedmont's run was unearned.

The Panthers outhit the Lions, 11-5, and each team committed one error.

Courtney Burner also collected two hits for Ferrum, while Slover, Lew and Eichenlaub each recorded a hit.

Ferrum is 12-2 at home this season with two home regular-season games remaining: a non-conference doubleheader against Roanoke College Tuesday, April 16.

 
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