SALEM — Two-time reigning NCAA Division III national champion Virginia Wesleyan University got its revenge on Ferrum College in its first elimination game of this year’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball tournament Saturday at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex.

The Marlins, the top-ranked team in Division III, broke open a close game by tallying two runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth for a 9-4 victory.

The loss ended Ferrum’s three-game stay in the tournament and its season.

The Panthers (20-21) were making their inaugural appearance in the ODAC tournament after competing in the USA South Athletic Conference for 30 years.

Ferrum defeated Virginia Wesleyan the regular-season finale for both teams, and Saturday, the Panthers led 2-0 after half-an-inning of play.

Virginia Wesleyan squared the count by scoring twice in the last of the second, then Ferrum broke that stalemate with two runs in the top of the third.

The Marlins manufactured four runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good.

Virginia Wesleyan outhit Ferrum, 11-8, and played error-free softball, while the Panthers committed the game’s lone error.

Sophomore righthander Carla Hall (12-2), a former Franklin County standout, worked four innings for the victory. She permitted six hits and four earned runs, while striking out two.

Hall was the losing pitcher in the Panthers’ regular-season win over the Marlins, who have been ranked No. 1 in the nation for all but two weeks this season.

Kaylah Duplain, who was 3 of 3 with four RBIs, belted a double and a home run to left centerfield for the Marlins.

Also, Julia Sinnett smacked a double.

For Ferrum, Bayley Cunningham was 2 of 4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs and Tori Scott had a double.

Righthander Jasmie Agee (6-14) allowed 11 hits and eight earned runs over six innings. She struck out one.

Oakes’ home run carries

Panthers to win over Guilford

SALEM — A three-run home run to centerfield by senior outfielder Bailey Oakes was the highlight of a five-run fifth inning by No. 7 seed Ferrum College in the Panthers’ 6-2 victory over No. 6 seed Guilford (North Carolina) College Saturday in the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball tournament at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex.

The Quakers (26-15) were eliminated from the tournament with the loss, a setback that ended their 2019 season.

Ferrum led 1-0 after half-an-inning of play, but Guilford erased that deficit by scoring single runs in the second and third frames.

The Quakers maintained their one-run advantage until the decisive fifth inning.

Ferrum. which earned its first victory in the ODAC tournament in program history, outhit Guilford, 12-8, and won despite committing three errors. Guilford was charged with one error.

Savannah Yale was 2 of 3 with a double to pace the Quakers.

Guilford pitcher Makayla Carver (3-2) was charged with the loss. In 4 1/3 innings, she allowed nine hits, a walk and six earned runs, while striking out four.

For Ferrum, Tori Scott was 2 of 4 with a double and an RBI, Bayley Cunningham was 2 of 4 with a run and an RBI and Cheyenne Strickland was 2 of 4 with a run.

Allison McGhee, Lois Carpenter and Jordan Hamlett each belted a double for the Panthers.

Jasmine Agee turned in a complete-game effort inside the pitching circle. She yielded eight hits and one earned run, while striking out four in seven innings of work.

Emory & Henry routs Ferrum

in tournament opener

SALEM — No. 2 seed Emory & Henry College erased a one-run deficit by scoring 11 unanswered runs Friday en route to an 11-1 victory over Ferrum College in the opening game of the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball tournament for both teams at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex.

The contest was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the run rule.

The Wasps outhit the Panthers, 11-3, and played error-free softball, while Ferrum committed the game’s lone defensive miscue.

The Panthers tallied their lone run in the top of the first inning and led 1-0 after half-a-frame of play.

Cheyenne Strickland collected a single and came home on Allison McGhee’s double to right centerfield.

McGhee’s double was Ferrum’s lone extra-base hit.

The Wasps manufactured two runs each in the first and second innings, one in the third and six in the fourth.

Freshman Kendal Varner (Bassett) belted a two-run home run for Emory & Henry in the second inning.

The Wasps also got doubles for Leanna Toler, Lyndsay Boyd and Kyndall Hiatt.

Varner was 2 of 3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Pitcher Cameron Derr (10-6) pitched five innings for the win. She surrendered three hits and an earned run, while striking out nine.

Strickland was 2 of 2.

Ferrum starter Ashton Lambeth (14-6) suffered the loss. In three innings, she yielded six hits, a walk and five earned runs.

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