Softball splits with Berry

Ronni Ferris

ROME, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern softball team played on the road again today and split with future conference rival Berry, dropping the first game, 5-4, but rebounding with a 6-5 win in game two.

The Panthers now stand at 25-7, while the Vikings move to 20-10.

Berry led 3-0 in game one before BSC got on the board with two runs in the top of the fifth, courtesy of RBIs from senior Ashley Bice and junior Brittany Berkopec. The Vikings scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth to go up 4-2, but the Panthers stayed right on the Vikings' heels, scoring a single run in the top of the sixth on an RBI from freshman Bethany Fronk.

BSC tied it up in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by freshman Taylor Bassett, but the Vikings were able to score on a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh for the 5-4 win.

The Panthers recorded 12 hits, led by Bassett who was 3-4. Berkopec and senior Ronni Ferris were also 2-3 at the plate.

Fronk was the starting pitcher and threw 2.1 innings, allowing five hits and one earned run. Ferris came in for the last 4.1 innings and took the loss, giving up six hits and four earned runs with three strikeouts.

In game two, the Panthers scored four of their six runs in the top of the third off RBIs from Bassett and senior Emily Merritt, as well as two runs scored as a result of an error.

Berry tied it up in the bottom of the fourth with four runs, but BSC took back the lead in the top of the fifth with runs scored on an error and a ground-out. The Vikings scored once more in the bottom of the fifth, and threatened again in the bottom of the seventh, loading up the bases with two outs on the board before Ferris struck out the last batter to give the Panthers the win.

The Vikings out-hit the Panthers 8-4, with four different BSC players recording single hits.

Fronk started in the circle and threw 3.1 innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs. Senior Beth Lefler came in for the next 2.2 innings and got the win to move to 5-1, giving up three hits and one earned run, and Ferris got the save, her third of the year, with one strikeout and one hit in one inning.

BSC is on the road again next weekend, wrapping up regular season play with a four-game conference series against Sewanee before traveling to Jackson, Tenn., for the 2012 SCAC Softball Championship, April 27-29.