Softball takes three games from Millsaps

photo by Michael Wade
photo by Michael Wade

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern softball team put on a strong offensive performance Saturday, defeating Millsaps three times in Southern Athletic Association action at BSC Softball Park.

The Panthers move to 11-5-1 overall and 7-2-1 in league play, while the Majors fall to 12-4 overall and 5-4 in the SAA.

Game one was tied at 3-3 until the bottom of the fifth, when a home run by freshman Micaela Beck, her fourth of the season, sailed over the top of the scoreboard to break the tie. BSC held Millsaps scoreless the rest of the way for the 4-3 victory.

Senior Bethany Fronk started in the circle and pitched five innings, picking up the win while allowing six hits and three earned runs with six strikeouts. Sophomore Taylor Harkins threw the last two, picking up the first save of the year, giving up no hits and no runs with three strikeouts.

In game two, the Panthers led 2-0 until Millsaps got on the board in the top of the sixth to cut it to 2-1. BSC took care of business over the remainder of the game, holding the Majors scoreless to win again.

Harkins (5-4) threw the complete game, giving up five hits and no earned runs with five strikeouts.

The teams played game three today instead of holding off until Sunday due to the forecast of rain. The BSC offense took care of business in the nightcap, scoring in the bottom of the first and third to go up 2-0 and then exploding for six runs in the bottom of the fifth, including the game-winning walk-off single by senior Taylor Bassett to plate the seventh and eighth runs.

Fronk (6-1) pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up two hits with five strikeouts.

Over the three games, sophomore Amanda Ballew was impressive at the plate, going 7-9 with four RBI.

Weather permitting, the teams will play game four tomorrow at noon.