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Softball gets two shutouts at Sewanee

photo by Jimmy Mitchell

SEWANEE, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern softball team picked up two conference shutouts today on the road, defeating Sewanee 9-0 and 15-0.

The Panthers now stand at 15-13 overall and lead the league standings with a 12-2 mark, while Sewanee falls to 3-17 overall and 0-12 in the Southern Athletic Association.

BSC scored three runs in the top of the third inning of game one when freshman Torrie Garner walked with the bases loaded, followed by a two-RBI single by junior Hannah Harris. The Panthers scored the rest of their runs in the top of the seventh courtesy of a home run by junior Bethany Fronk, a walk by freshman Taylor Brewer, and a grand slam by junior Joanna Jernigan.

Harris was 3-4 at the plate, and freshman Maddie Ridgway was 2-5. Jernigan led with four RBI. Freshman Taylor Harkins (6-4) threw the complete game shutout, giving up only one hit and one walk while fanning 10 Sewanee batters.

Game two started with the entire Panther lineup batting in the top of the first, and BSC scoring five runs as Ridgway scored on an error, Fronk stole home, and Brewer hit a two-RBI single and then later scored on a wild pitch.

The Panthers added three more in the second on a two-RBI double by Harris, who then stole third and scored on a Sewanee error. Three more came across the plate for BSC in the top of the third when Ridgway scored on another Tiger error and Garner RBI doubled for two more runs, putting the Panthers up 11-0.

A Ridgway RBI ground-out put BSC up 12-0 in the top of the fourth, and in the fifth Harris scored on an error followed by an RBI double by freshman Ashley Leonard to plate two more runners for a 15-0 lead.

Garner and Leonard were both 2-3 at the plate. Fronk (8-9) pitched all five innings and gave up only one hit with six strikeouts.

The four-game series concludes tomorrow with a noon doubleheader.