Furman Blanks Florida A&M in Puerto Rico, 4-0
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 03/09/2017
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Furman's Lindsey Bert
Courtesy: Furman University
Guaynabo, P.R. – Furman blasted three home runs and junior Lindsey Bert tossed a three-hit shutout to lead the Paladins to a 4-0 victory over Florida A&M in the opening game of the Puerto Rico Classico on Thursday afternoon at Evelio Rivera Park in Guaynabo, P.R.

Bert, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., fanned six batters without issuing a walk to notch her fourth shutout in 12 starts this season and up her record in the circle to 6-6.

After the start of the game was delayed until 12 p.m. local time due to wet field conditions, the Paladins (11-11) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of second on AnnaRose Borrelli's fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center field.

The Paladins put runners at second and third base with one out in the fifth inning, but Rattler pitcher Kenya Pereira retired the next two batters to escape the jam and keep her team within a run. In the top of the sixth, Bert opened the innings with a single and Carolina Cash followed with a walk. Pereira looked like she would escape another mess after retiring the next two Furman batters, but a dropped pop up that would have ended the inning allowed pinch runner Caroline Nageotte to spring home with the Paladins' second run.

Furman finished off its 11th victory of the year in the top of the seventh inning as Kalie Hicks hammered her sixth home run to straightaway center field and Bert belted a solo shot of her own two batters later for the final 4-0 margin.

Pereira took the loss for Florida A&M to fall to 1-8. She allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings, while notching seven strikeouts.

Bert went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Furman's seven-hit attack.

The Paladins will face Albany on Friday at 9 a.m. ET and Howard at 12 p.m. ET. Furman caps play in the Puerto Rico Classico on Saturday with a 9 a.m. ET contest versus Florida A&M and 12 p.m. ET battle against the Great Danes of Albany.
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