GREENSBORO, N.C. — Allison McGehee belted a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday as Ferrum College’s softball team stopped a five-game losing streak by besting Guilford (North Carolina) College, 4-2, in the first game of an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader.
The Quakers salvaged a split of the twinbill by winning the second game, 7-4.
Guilford (7-9 in the ODAC, 21-10 overall) led 2-0 through three innings of game one.
Ferrum (7-9 in the ODAC, 17-17 overall), which squared its overall record with the win, tallied single runs in the fourth and seventh frames to force extra innings.
McGehee sent a 2-2 pitch over the right centerfield fence to bring the game-deciding runs home.
Each team collected seven hits, and Ferrum committed the game’s lone error.
Jasmine Agee (5-11) tossed a complete-game, seven hitter. She yielded two earned runs, four walks and struck out three.
McGehee was 2 of 4 at the plate. Both of her hits were home runs.
Tori Scott was 2 of 3 for the Panthers with a double and Bailey Cunningham had a sacrifice fly.
For Guilford, starting pitcher Katie McNeil (13-5) was charged with the loss despite a complete-game showing. She allowed seven hits, three walks and three earned runs, while striking out four.
McNeil and Savannah Yale each smacked a double and Makayla Crawford belted a home run
Ferrum and Guilford are in a battle to claim one of eight available postseason tournament berths in the ODAC. The Panthers have two conference doubleheaders remaining this season.
In the second game, the Quakers outhit the Panthers, 9-8, and each team committed two errors.
Guilford, which led from wire-to-wire, scored three runs in the bottom of the first, on run in the last of the third and three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Quakers’ three-run sixth enabled them to break a 4-4 stalemate.
Ferrum tallied one run in the top of the second, two in the top of the fifth and one in the top of the sixth.
Lois Carpenter belted a solo home run to leftfield in the top of the second to account for the Panthers’ first run.
Ferrum trailed 4-1 when Cheyenne Strickland and Scott each drove in a run with base hits.
Carpenter dashed home on a wild pitch in the sixth to tally the equalizer.
Makayla Carver and Katy Holt each had a double for the Quakers.
Abigayle Rowell (6-4) worked six innings inside the pitching circle for the win. She permitted eight hits, two walks and four earned runs, while striking out two.
McNeil pitched the seventh inning to earn her first saves of the season.
Strickland, Ferrum’s senior second baseman, was 3 of 4 at the plate.
Starting righthander Ashton Lambeth (12-6) was charged with the loss despit a complete-game showing. She allowed nine hits and four earned run.
Ferrum returns to action Saturday in Virginia Beach against two-time reigning NCAA Division III national champion Virginia Wesleyan University. The first game of the ODAC doubleheader is set for 1:30 p.m.
The Panthers will likely face the Marlins’ pitching duo of junior lefthander Hannah Hull, the two-time national Player of the Year in Division III, and sophomore righthander Carla Hall, a former standout prep player at Franklin County.