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Softball Splits at Greensboro; Strickland, Oakes Homer in Game One

L-R: Cheyenne Strickland, Ashton Lambeth, Bailey Oakes
L-R: Cheyenne Strickland, Ashton Lambeth, Bailey Oakes

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Ferrum College split a pair of non-conference softball games with Greensboro College to open the 2019 season Friday, Feb. 15, at Latham Park. The Panthers won the first game 3-2 on the strength of two late home runs, then dropped the nightcap 5-1.

Ferrum (1-1)
Greensboro (1-1)

Allison McGehee's ground-out in the first inning of the opener drove in Keri Hamlett to give Ferrum a 1-0 lead. The Pride struck for a run in the bottom of the frame and the game remained 1-1 through four full innings. Greensboro scored a run in the fifth to grab a 2-1 lead, then in the top of the sixth, Cheyenne Strickland belted a solo homer over the left field fence to tie the game.

Bailey Oakes then launched a ball over the right field fence in the seventh inning for the eventual game-winning run and a 3-2 lead, and the Panthers played defense in the bottom of the frame to hold on. Ashton Lambeth pitched a complete seven-inning game to get the win.

In game two, Greensboro built a 5-0 lead through six innings on the strength of 11 base hits. Strickland drove a single up the middle in the sixth inning to score Hamlett and help Ferrum avoid the shutout. Jasmine Agee pitched four full frames to absorb the loss.

KEY STATS - Game 1
Ferrum: Strickland 1-3, HR; Oakes 1-3, HR; Lambeth (W, 1-0) 7 inn, 2 runs, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Greensboro: Carla Stanley 2-3; Cheyanne Cox (L, 0-1) 7 inn, 4 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

KEY STATS - Game 2
Greensboro: Jasmine Worthy 3-3, 2 runs; Caroline Stanley 2-4, run; Daisey Martin 2-3, run, RBI; Maddy Wetherholt (W, 1-0)
Ferrum: Lois Carpenter 2-3, double; Agee (L, 0-1) 4 inn, 8 hits, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Coach Gerald Culler's team will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 23, at Methodist University. The non-conference doubleheader is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and will be followed by a JV game.