SEWANEE, Tenn.—A pair of five-inning victories sealed a weekend sweep of a conference series against Sewanee for the Birmingham-Southern softball team. The convincing wins, 20-2 and 14-0, at Tiger Field improved the Panthers' conference win total to a Southern Athletic Association-best 14 wins to only two losses. Overall, BSC is 17-13. Sewanee drops to 3-19 on the season and 0-14 in the SAA.
The Panthers started game one on the afternoon in grand fashion. A pair of walks to sophomore Maddie Ridgway and Torrie Garner, paired with a single from junior Bethany Fronk, brought junior Hannah Harris to the plate with the bases loaded. A grand slam home run from Harris gave BSC a 4-0 lead after half an inning of play. Sewanee would answer with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first, but those would be the only runs posted by the home team.
Freshman Taylor Harkins (8-4) would settle down to shut out the Tigers the rest of the way. After allowing the two runs, Harkins would only surrender one more hit while fanning four in the victory.
With the exception of the fourth, BSC scored at least three runs in each of the remaining innings, the highlight coming in the second when the Panthers posted nine more runs. Fifteen batters came to the plate in the inning. The inning's scoring was kicked off by a triple from freshman Amanda Ballew that scored Fronk and Ridgway. Three hits and two Sewanee errors later, a homerun from Fronk that scored Ridgway ended the inning with a 13-2 lead.
Three more runs in the third gave BSC a 16-2 lead. After a scoreless fourth, a pair of back-to-back home runs in the fifth plated the final four runs of the contest. The first was a three-run shot from Garner and the next a solo bomb from Harris, her second of the game.
Game two was almost more of the same story: BSC using a potent offensive attack to score in every inning except for the fourth and a strong pitching performance in the circle en route to the 14-0 win.
Fronk (9-9) struck out six Sewanee batters, gave up no walks, and allowed only two hits in the complete-game win.
In the top of the first, BSC's patience at the plate paid off as freshman Taylor Brewer, freshman Alex Skene, and junior Joanna Jernigan earned RBI walks that plated Fronk, Ballew, and Garner. Brewer accounted for the final run of the inning when she came across courtesy of a wild pitch.
The Panther offensive output in the second was highlighted by Harris' third home run of the afternoon. The homer was complemented by Fronk's earlier single that plated Ridgway.
With an 8-0 lead after two innings, the Panthers posted their third-straight four-run inning in the top of the third. All four runs were plated by BSC singles, the last of which was hit by Harris for her tenth RBI of the day. The final runs of the afternoon in the fifth came across after a Brewer double scored Garner and a Skene ground-out brought home Harris.
The Panthers will host Hendrix next weekend, April 12 and 13, for a conference series on the Hilltop. Each doubleheader will start at 12 p.m.