Softball sweeps LaGrange in season finale

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The Birmingham-Southern softball team capped off its 2010 season with a road sweep of LaGrange College, Sunday. The Panthers, who end the year at 25-9, won by the scores of 1-0 and 13-3.

The Panthers’ lone run in game one came in the top of the second on an RBI single by freshman Brittany Berkopec. Sophomore Ronni Ferris went the distance in the circle, giving up only three hits with four strikeouts in her ninth shutout of the year to move to 13-5.

In game two, BSC went up 1-0 in the top of the second on another RBI single from Berkopec. The Panthers then scored three in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly-out by senior Jena Franks, a run scored on a wild pitch, and an RBI single from senior Tori Harris.

BSC increased its lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Franks and a sacrifice fly-out from sophomore Ashley Bice. LaGrange finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 6-1, but BSC responded with three more runs in the top of the fifth, courtesy of an RBI ground-out from sophomore Beth Lefler, and RBI singles from freshmen Misha Aldridge and Jordan Allen, putting the Panthers up 9-1.

LaGrange scored another run in the bottom of the fifth, and BSC scored four in the top of the sixth on an RBI double from Harris, an RBI single from Berkopec, an RBI double from Lefler, and an RBI single from Aldridge, pushing the lead to 13-2. LaGrange scored another single run in the bottom of the sixth, and the game ended early due to the eight-run rule with a final score of BSC 13, LaGrange 3.

Harris was the winning pitcher, moving to 7-3 on the season after giving up three hits and one earned run with six strikeouts. Harris and Aldridge also led with three hits apiece, both going 3-of-4 at the plate.

Overall in 2010, BSC out-scored its opponents 212-82 and out-hit them 302-187. The Panthers were 66-of-79 on the base paths and had a .963 fielding percentage. The team broke the single-season record for fewest strikeouts with 85, and also finished second on the single-season list in batting average (.322), slugging percentage (.443), on-base percentage (.402), and RBIs (184), and third on the single-season home runs list with 18.

The pitching staff ends the season with a 1.60 ERA, a .222 opponent batting average, 187 hits allowed, and 82 runs allowed, all of which are second on the single-season lists, as well as 215 strikeouts and 14 shutouts.