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February 28, 2010

Panthers defeat Huntingdon in extra innings to move to 6-0

Huntingdon vs. Berry Box Score
BSC vs. Huntingdon Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –
In the final game of the 2010 Panther Classic, the Birmingham-Southern softball team defeated Huntingdon College, 2-1 in nine innings, Sunday afternoon at the BSC Softball Park. Berry College also beat Huntingdon in Sunday’s first game of the day, 7-4, in eight innings.

BSC moves to 6-0 on the season, Berry now stands at 6-3, and Huntingdon drops to 2-8.

In the first game of the day between Huntingdon and Berry, Berry went up 2-0 in the top of the first on a two-run homer from Betsy Lawson. Huntingdon came back to tie it up in the bottom of the first on a fielder’s choice RBI bunt and a run scored on a Berry error.

The Hawks took the lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Ashley Blocker, and went up 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Jessica Sharker. Berry rallied in the top of the seventh, however, scoring two runs on a pinch-hit two-RBI single down the right field line by Lizzi Perry to tie it up 4-4.

Huntingdon did not score in the bottom of the seventh, but the Lady Vikings put three more runs up in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by Lacey Herring and a two-RBI single by Lindsey Campbell. The Hawks could not answer in the bottom of the eight, and Berry picked up the 7-4 victory.

Caillee Shamoun was the winning pitcher for the Lady Vikings, throwing all eight innings and giving up seven hits and four earned runs with five strikeouts. Melissa McClure took the loss for Huntingdon, allowing nine hits and seven earned runs with three strikeouts.

In the final game of the 2010 Panther Classic, BSC faced off against Huntingdon in a re-match of Saturday evening’s 7-6 Panther win.

The game was a pitcher’s duel from the beginning, as BSC sophomore Ronni Ferris struck out seven of the first 10 batters she faced, and neither team would score until the bottom of the fifth, when the Panthers got on the board on a double-steal with senior Jena Franks stealing home.

Huntingdon answered in the top of the seventh on an RBI single from P.J. Pringle. BSC did not score in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game to extra innings.

BSC finally broke the tie in the bottom of the ninth on a fielder’s choice RBI from junior Melissa Revis to score sophomore Ashley Bice and end the game for the Panther win.

Ferris moved to 4-0 on the season after throwing the complete game and giving up five hits with 12 strikeouts. Kayla Bratcher took the loss after allowing eight hits with two strikeouts.

The Panthers are on the road for the next month, beginning with a trip to open Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play next weekend at Sewanee with doubleheaders on March 6 and 7 in Sewanee, Tenn.