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Lightning, rain delay SoCon Tournament

    BOONE, N.C. — After rain delayed the start of the first game of the Southern Conference Softball Tournament on Wednesday — a 10 a.m. contest between No. 8 seed Furman and No. 9 seed Samford — No. 1 seed Georgia Southern's 5 p.m. game against Samford, which beat Furman, 3-2, was moved to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium at Appalachian State.
    GSU's game was not finished at press deadline. Visit for the result.
    Other changes to the tournament, as late Wednesday, included moving No. 5 seed Appalachian State's 7 p.m. Wednesday game against No. 4 seed UNC Greensboro to 10 a.m. today before the second day's schedule can get under way at noon today.
    Chattanooga, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 7 seed Elon, 8-1, on Wednesday.
    Western Carolina, the No. 6 seed, played No. 3 seed College of Charleston on Wednesday night.
    Samford (14-40) produced nine hits in its victory over Furman.
    Casey Clark was 2-for-4 with a run, and Mish Aldridge had a pair of hits. Madison Dickey drove in all three of Samford's runs with a three-run home run.
    Samford's Robyn Harmon (5-10) earned the win in 6 1/3 innings of work. She was relieved by Aldridge, who earned the final two outs for her third save.
    Furman (17-35) was led by Jessie Homesley, who was 2-for-3. Hannah Bradley (5-12) registered the loss in a complete game.
    After a half-inning of play, lightning forced a delay of more than five hours before play resumed.