DANVILLE, Va. - A last inning rally helped LaGrange top Averett 8-5 and gain a split of their USA South doubleheader Saturday. The host Cougars took the first game, 6-2.
The Panthers (12-11, 5-7 USA South) and the Cougars (17-12, 9-3 USA South) went to the seventh inning of the second game tied 4-4.
Dani Gravett was hit by a pitch to start the inning. She moved up to second on an error as Brooke Turner reached first. Adrienne Little followed with a bunt single and Gravett raced home ahead of the throw as Turner ended up at third on the play.
Turner scored as Maegan Harrison flied out to make it 6-4. Sydney Hodorff's double put runners on second and third. One out later, Kately Little and Michaela Keel had back-to-back run scoring singles to pad the Panthers lead to four, 8-4.
Kara Patterson (4-2) gave up a two-out run to the Cougars in the bottom of the inning before finishing the complete game victory.
Gravett (6-4) took the loss in the first game. Averett took a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
The Panthers came back with two runs in the third inning. Adrienne Little reached on a two-out error as Gravett and Ashley Chafin scored on the play. Averett added a run in the fourth, then two more insurance runs in the sixth for the 6-2 final.
The Panthers host Methodist and N.C. Wesleyan in USA South doubleheaders next weekend.