BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Behind solid pitching performances by senior #Melissa Muehlenfeld# and junior #Tori Harris#, the No. 21 Birmingham-Southern softball team picked up two wins against Millsaps College today, winning 5-0 in game one and 11-0 in game two in five innings. The Panthers move to 27-3 with the wins, while the Majors drop to 12-17. The teams will face each other again tomorrow, April 10, at 1 p.m. at BSC Softball Park in the home finale for the Panthers. Seniors #Kayla Backlund#, #Erin Glover#, and Muehlenfeld will be honored in pregame festivities.
In game one, the Panthers put three runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning on a two-RBI single by freshman #Ashley Bice# and an RBI single from freshman #Brittany Vintson#. BSC scored two more in the bottom of the fourth after Muehlenfeld led off with a triple, and Backlund tripled to plate Muehlenfeld. Junior #Jena Franks# also hit an RBI single to put BSC up 5-0. The Panthers held Millsaps scoreless for the remainder of the game for the win.
Muehlenfeld pitched all seven innings, moving to 12-2 on the season after giving up only two hits with eight strikeouts. She also led at the plate for BSC, going 2-3. Kasey Thibodeaux took the loss for Millsaps, allowing seven hits and three earned runs with five strikeouts to drop to 6-8.
In the nightcap, Backlund put BSC on the board in the bottom of the first with a home run over the right-field wall, her sixth of the season. Bice led off the bottom of the second with another bomb, this time to left field, putting the Panthers up 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, Muehlenfeld scored on an error, freshman #Ronni Ferris# stole home on a double steal, and Franks hit a home run to left field to put the Panthers up 6-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Panthers scored on an RBI single by Muehlenfeld, an RBI single by Bice, and a two-RBI double by Harris, who then scored on another error, putting BSC up 11-0. Millsaps wasn't able to score in the top of the fifth, and the game ended early to give BSC the 11-0 shutout win.
Harris threw five innings for BSC and gave up five hits with three strikeouts to move to 7-1 on the season. Thibodeaux took the loss for Millsaps again, dropping to 6-0 after going two innings and giving up six hits and five earned runs with a strikeout. Brittney McAllister came in for the final two innings and allowed four hits and one earned run with two strikeouts.
Muehlenfeld and Ferris were both 2-3 at the plate for the Panthers, and Bice was 2-2. Tiffany Ladnier and Erica Douglas were also 2-3 for the Majors.