March 30, 2014

Georgia Gwinnett College sweeps Panthers

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern softball team dropped a pair of games today to Georgia Gwinnett College, losing 3-2 and 2-0 at Grizzly Softball Complex in Lawrenceville, Ga.

The Panthers fall to 13-11, while the Grizzlies, members of the NAIA and receiving votes in the top 25 coaches poll, move to 22-6-1.

BSC led 2-1 after two innings in game one, scoring twice in the top of the second on an RBI single by freshman Alex Skene and a run scored on a GWC error. The Grizzlies tied it up in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings, and the Panthers were unable to score in their half of the eighth before Georgia Gwinnett's first batter in the bottom of the eighth got the game-winning walk-off RBI.

The Panthers recorded five hits, led by Skene and freshman Amanda Ballew with two hits each. Freshman Taylor Harkins (6-3) threw the complete game, allowing nine hits, two earned runs, and two walks with three strikeouts.

In game two, the Grizzlies scored the only runs of the game in the bottom of the second, holding the Panthers scoreless for seven innings. BSC again had five hits, with freshman Maddie Ridgway going 2-3 at the plate. Junior Bethany Fronk (7-8) pitched a complete game and gave up eight hits, two earned runs, and one walk with three strikeouts.

BSC is back at home this Thursday, April 3, hosting Emory in a 4 p.m. doubleheader at BSC Softball Park.