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Etherton Delivers Game-Winning Hit to Help Ferrum Sweep Averett in Softball

Etherton Delivers Game-Winning Hit to Help Ferrum Sweep Averett in Softball

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FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College swept a pair of USA South softball games from Averett University this afternoon, winning 7-3 and 3-2 at Franklin Community Bank Field.  Lindsay Etherton delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to drive in the game-winning run in the nightcap.

Etherton played in what was likely her final game in a Panther uniform.  The senior DH will return to her U.S. Army Reserves unit this month, and is preparing for redeployment to Afghanistan, her second tour of that country.  Prior to the game, the College honored Etherton with a special Senior Day ceremony.  Many Ferrum faculty, staff and students were in attendance, including Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten, the College's President.

Brittany Barlow went 3-4 in the opener with a double, a run and an RBI for the Panthers.  Rachel Shumaker went 2-4 with a double and a run.  Karly Thompson went 2-4 with a run, two RBI and a stolen base.  Starter Hannah Shumaker earned the win, scattering six hits and one earned run over five innings, walking none and striking out four.  R. Shumaker earned the save after pitching the final two innings, allowing one hit and no runs.

R. Shumaker and Thompson went 2-3 in the nightcap.  Shumaker scored a run and earned the save after pitching the final inning in relief of starter Kaitlyn Culler.  Culler went six innings to get the win.  She allowed three hits, two earned runs and no walks, and struck out six.

Brooke Hensley and Leah Gibson had solo home runs in the second game for Averett (8-12, 0-2).  Leah Powell earned the loss in the first game, Amy Hamlett in the second game.

Ferrum (16-2, 2-0 USA South) returns to action Thursday, March 14, at Randolph College.  The non-conference doubleheader gets underway at 3:00 p.m. in Lynchburg, Virginia.