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Softball drops two to Faulkner in home opener

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern softball team dropped both games of its first home stand of the season this afternoon at BSC Softball Park to Faulkner University. With the 8-1 and 7-1 losses, the Panthers fall to 1-5 on the young season. Faulkner improved to 4-2.

Faulkner opened the first game with a single run in each of the first two innings to take an early 2-0 lead after two innings. Faulkner tacked on four more runs in the top of the fifth on the strength of two doubles, a single, and a BSC error.

The Panthers would respond in the bottom of the fifth with their lone run of the game after being held hitless since junior Alyssa Statham's single in the first. BSC opened the frame with a single from junior Hannah Harris. Four batters later, a Faulkner error allowed junior Bethany Fronk to come home.

Faulkner hurlers Mattie Dotson and Natalie Walker combined for the five-hit shutout. Fronk struck out six in her time in the circle and dropped to 1-4 on the season.

Friday's nightcap saw the Panthers take the first lead of the game after Fronk doubled and junior Taylor Bassett singled with one out in the home half of the second. Two batters later, a wild pitch from Faulkner scored Fronk from first.

The lead held for the Panthers until the fourth when Faulkner mounted a high-scoring, two-out rally. A free pass issued by BSC starter freshman Taylor Harkins, with the bases loaded, tied the game at one run apiece. A Panther throwing error on the next play brought home two more Eagles. A single down the left field line by Amanda Seales put two more runs on the board for Faulkner. Faulkner capitalized off a hit batter and another two-RBI single to pick up the final of the eight runs scored in the inning.

Birmingham-Southern returns to action Tuesday, March 4, traveling to Lookout Mountain, Tenn., to face Covenant College for a midweek doubleheader. First pitch is at 1 p.m. ET. The Panthers return home next Friday, March 7, hosting Washington (Mo.) in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.