FERRUM — Propelled by eight extra-base hits, seven of which were doubles, Salem (North Carolina) College swept Ferrum College in a non-conference softball doubleheader Sunday at American National Bank Field.
The Panthers (16-16) have lost five straight games.
Seniors Jasmine Agee, Haley Blaisure, Lois Carpenter, Jordan Hamlett, Tiffanie Moore, Bailey Oakes and Cheyenne Strickland were honored in a pre-game ceremony.
The Spirits (19-10) won the first game, 8-1, and took the second contest, 5-2.
In the first game, Salem outhit Ferrum, 11-6, and benefited from four Ferrum errors, while playing mistake-free defense.
The Spirits scored four runs in the top of the second inning, two in the fourth and one each in the sixth and seventh.
The Panthers manufactured their lone run in the bottom of the third.
Kayla Ogle’s two-RBI double to right centerfield was the highlight of the Spirits’ second-frame rally.
Brittany Morton, Addison York and Katie Bilbery also hit doubles for Salem.
Keri Hamlett led off Ferrum’s run-scoring stanza with a single to leftfield and she advanced into scoring position at second base courtesy of a base hit up the middle by Strickland.
A Brandi Wood’s sacrifice bunt brought Hamlett to third and a single up the middle by Allison McGehee brought Hamlett home.
Also, Morton belted a home run for the Spirits to highlight a 3 of 5 showing at the plate. She drove in three runs.
Miranda Barker worked 4 2/3 innings inside the pitching circle to claim victory. She allowed two hits, two walks and struck out five.
McGehee was 2 of 4 for the Panthers.
Agee (4-11) was charged with the loss. She surrendered seven hits, one walk and six earned runs, while striking out three in four innings.
In the second game, Salem scored four runs in the top of the second and one in the sixth.
Ferrum tallied single runs in the third and fourth innings.
Salem outhit Ferrum 10-9 and each team played error-free softball.
Arielle Eure’s RBI single up the middle produced the Panthers’ third-inning run, and in the fourth, Keri Hamlett drove in a run with a single to leftfield.
The Panthers left the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and they were retired in order in the last of the seventh.
Barker, York and Breanna Herman each had a double for the Spirits.
Barker was 3 of 3 and scored twice.
Barker (8-5) was the winning pitcher in game two – she surrendered four hits and struck out four in 3 2/3 innings of work.
Keri Hamlett was 3 of 4 with a triple, a run and an RBI for the Panthers and Eure was 3 of 4 with an RBI.
Righthander Ashton Lambeth (12-5) was charged with the loss. She yielded 10 hits and five earned runs, while striking out three in a complete-game showing.
Ferrum returns to action today against Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe Guilford (North Carolina) College.
The first game of the twinbill begins at 3:30 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C.