O’Shea, Elon Complete Series Sweep Of Furman, 3-0
Elon, N.C. – Elon's Erin O'Shea fanned six batters and worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the seventh to toss a complete-game shutout as the Phoenix downed Furman, 3-0, to secure a three-game series sweep of the Paladins on Sunday afternoon at East Field.
The loss, Furman's fourth straight, dropped the Paladins to 7-13 overall and 0-3 in Southern Conference play. Elon improved to 14-3 overall and 3-0 in the league.
Johanna Spencer put the Phoenix in front in the bottom of the second inning by driving an RBI double into the right-center field gap to plate Danielle Lafferty who reached on a two-out walk. Lauren Oldham followed with an infield single to score Spencer who had moved to third on an errant throw to the plate on the previous play.
The Phoenix added to their lead in the third inning. Carleigh Nester lined a one-out double past Paladin second baseman Emily Boyer and O'Shea followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Cyra Cottrell delivered a sacrifice fly to drive in Nester to extend the lead to 3-0.
Furman threatened to spoil O'Shea's shutout bid in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, the Paladins put two runners on with two out, but leftfielder Tomeka Watson reached over the fence to glove a potential three-run homer off of the bat of Boyer. With two out and nobody on base in the seventh, Stephanie Spain reached on an infield single and pinch hitter Alexis Galinski singled to right-center. Nikki Legg drew a base on balls to load the bases, but O'Shea got pinch hitter Alex Bimonte to pop out to second to end the game.
O'Shea, who improved to 8-1 in the circle, scattered five hits and struck out six while walking just two batters in seven innings of work.
Lakyn Shull (4-3) suffered the loss for Furman after allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits in six innings. She fanned four and walked three in her second loss of the weekend.
The Paladins, who stranded eight runners in the game, were led at the plate by Legg who went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
Furman returns to Pepsi Stadium to open a homestand on Thursday when it hosts Charlotte in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
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