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Demonte’s Perfect Game Highlights Furman Softball’s Sweep Of South Carolina State 8-0, 12-0

Emily Demonte
Emily Demonte

Furman 8, S.C. State 0

Furman 12, S.C. State 0

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman pitching tossed back-to-back shutouts, including a perfect game by sophomore Emily Demonte in game two, as the Paladins swept South Carolina State 8-0, 12-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Pepsi Stadium.

The sweep improved the Paladins to 25-17 on the season, while South Carolina State slipped to 2-33.

Furman 8, S.C. State 0 (5 inn.)

Furman rode a seven-run bottom of the fifth and a dominant pitching performance from SoCon Pitcher of the Week Lindsey Bert to an 8-0 victory in five innings in game one.

Bert, who upped her record to 14-9, fanned 11 batters and retired 15 of the final 17 batters she faced to toss a two-hit shutout.

Furman grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Courtney Jacobs lined a two-out single to left-center field to plate Andrea Abbatiello. In the fifth, Jacobs opened the frame with double, Caroline Cash reached base on an error and Candace Johnson beat out an infield single to load the bases. Bert's bases loaded walk forced in Jacobs and Elise Smith singled to up the lead to 3-0. Hannah Reynolds doubled to center to score two more runs and Abbatiello followed with another double to center to up the margin to 6-0. Brittany Houston plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Cash triggered the eight-run mercy rule with an RBI single to cap the seven-run outburst.

Johnson and Jacobs each collected two hits apiece for Furman to lead a nine-hit attack. Abbatiello scored a pair of runs.

Ragin Prunty (2-5) took the loss for South Carolina State after allowing five runs on five hits in four-plus innings of work.

Furman 12, S.C. State 0 (5 inn.)

In game two, Demonte retired all 15 batters she faced to become the first Paladin to toss a perfect game since Tabitha Dease and Kristy Goodrich combined for perfection in Furman's 10-0 victory over Savannah State on March 9, 2003.

A native of Sumter, S.C., Demonte fanned five batters and needed only 53 pitches to blank the Bulldogs, 12-0, and improve to 8-8 in the circle. The closest the Bulldogs came to breaking up the perfect game came with one out in the top of the fifth when Day-sha Stewart scorched a one-hopper that third baseman Morgan Smith gloved and fired to first base for the second out. Demonte got the final batter to bounce out to shortstop to complete the perfect game.

Furman started quickly with three runs in the bottom of the first. Cash singled to start the inning and Taylor Vahle and AnnaRose Borrelli worked one-out walks to load the bases. Elise Smith lined a double into the gap to drive in two runs and Tess Griswold drove in a third run with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field.

A Vahle walk, Borrelli single and Elise Smith walk loaded the bases with one out again for the Paladins in the third inning. Griswold delivered another sacrifice fly to score the fourth Furman run and Morgan Smith followed with a two-run double to make it 6-0.

Lauren Duggar was plunked to open the bottom of the fourth, Caroline Nageotte walked and Casey Bigham singled to left as Furman loaded the bases for the third time in the first four innings. Vahle cleared the bases with a three-run double into left-center field and later scored when Elise Smith singled and moved to third on an error by the left fielder. Morgan Smith drove in a run with a single and Duggar added a sacrifice fly to cap the six-run frame.

Vahle went 1-for-1 with a pair of walks, scored three runs and drove in three in the nightcap. Morgan Smith finished 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Elise Smith was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs.

Day-sha Stewart suffered the loss for S.C. State. She allowed 12 runs on 10 hits in four innings. Stewart walked five batters without recording a strikeout.

First-place Furman returns to action on Saturday when it opens three-game Southern Conference series against UNCG with a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The series concludes with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Fans can watch all three of this weekend's games on YouTube and follow live statistics via StatBroadcast by logging onto FurmanPaladins.com.




Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information