With 15 hits including three homeruns, the third-seeded Lady Panthers of Clark Atlanta University slammed No. 2 Claflin University 15-1 Thursday to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) softball championship tournament.

Centerfielder Amari Foster, who went 4-4 from the plate, smacked a three-run shot over the left field fence to give the Lady Panthers an early 3-0 advantage in the first inning. The slugfest continued as CAU scored five runs in the second inning behind Nicolette Anderson, who picked up the win on the mound, and Zhandria Usher who both blasted a homerun that increased Clark Atlanta’s lead to 8-0. The Lady Panthers held Claflin scoreless until the third inning when it put up its lone run of the game. CAU would add seven more runs to seal the victory.

With the win, the Lady Panthers will take on No. 1 (West) Miles College Friday, April 19th, at 3 p.m., in Lovejoy, Georgia at the Gerald Matthews Softball Complex.

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