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March 16, 2010

Spring Hill hands Panthers first losses of season

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MOBILE, Ala. –
The Birmingham-Southern softball team suffered its first losses of the season, Tuesday, playing on the road against Spring Hill College in Mobile. The Panthers lost by the scores of 4-3 in game one and 5-1 in game two to drop to 10-2 on the season. The Badgers move to 8-13 with the two wins.

In game one, BSC scored two runs in the top of the second when senior Tori Harris stole home on a double steal, and freshman Brittany Berkopec scored on a Spring Hill error. The Panthers then went up 3-0 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single to center field by Berkopec.

SHC responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth with a one-run homer from Kayla McCraney, and the Badgers scored another in the bottom of the fifth, this time on an RBI double by Monica Zeringue.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh, BSC led 3-2, but Zeringue hit another double, with runners on second and third, to score two runs for the Badgers, including the game-winner, giving Spring Hill the 4-3 win.

Samantha Brooks was the winning pitcher for SHC, giving up five hits with two earned runs and four strikeouts, while sophomore Ronnie Harris took her first loss to drop to 6-1 after allowing seven hits and three earned runs with eight strikeouts.

In the second game of the doubleheader, neither team scored until the fourth, when Spring Hill got on the board with an RBI single from Mallory Sullivan. The Badgers scored another single run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Brittany Abate, and then tacked on three runs in the bottom of the sixth, scoring on a BSC error and a two-RBI single from Brooke Turlich, putting SHC up 5-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, BSC was only able to score one run – courtesy of an RBI single from Ferris – and Spring Hill picked up the 5-1 victory.

Abate took the win in the circle for SHC after allowing four hits and one earned run with four strikeouts, while Harris took the loss, dropping to 2-1 on the season after giving up 11 hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts.

The Panthers travel to Maryville, Tenn., this weekend for the Maryville College Tournament, taking on Ohio Northern, Centre College, and the host Scots, Saturday and Sunday.