Softball splits with Berry in SAA opener

Softball splits with Berry in SAA opener

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern softball team opened its Southern Athletic Association slate at home on Saturday, splitting with Berry College at BSC Softball Park. The Panthers won the first game, 3-0, before falling in game two, 6-2.

Both teams move to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.

An RBI single from senior Joanna Jernigan in the bottom of the fourth gave BSC its first run in game one, and an RBI single by senior pitcher Bethany Fronk put the Panthers up 2-0 in the fifth. A sac-fly from senior Alyssa Statham wrapped up the game's scoring in the sixth.

Junior Maddie Ridgway was 2-4 at the plate, and Fronk (2-1) threw the complete game, giving up only three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

The BSC offense struggled in the second game against Vikings pitcher Allison Coronado, who threw a no-hitter through the first five innings before BSC finally picked up its only two hits in the sixth. The Panthers also struggled with errors, committing four. Berry scored single runs in the second and third innings before putting two on the board in the fourth to pull up 4-0. Two more in the top of the sixth extended the lead to 6-0 before BSC scored its only runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run from senior Taylor Bassett, her first of the season.

Sophomore Taylor Harkins (3-2) started in the circle and took the loss, allowing seven hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts in four innings of work. Fronk threw the last three innings, giving up three hits. The Vikings out-hit the Panthers 10-2, with BSC's hits coming off the bats of Bassett and sophomore catcher Torrie Garner.

The teams will face off again tomorrow in games three and four of the series, beginning at noon.