Softball picks up two more wins at home

Alyssa Statham (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Alyssa Statham (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A pair of victories for the Birmingham-Southern softball team over visiting Talladega College pushed the Panthers' winning streak to 13 games, Thursday afternoon at BSC Softball Park. The Panthers won by the scores of 11-3 and 8-0, both in five innings.

BSC improves to 21-5-1 on the season, while the Tornadoes dropped to 9-18.

The Panthers put up seven runs in the bottom of the first to claim a commanding 7-0 lead after one inning. BSC sent 12 batters to the plate in the opening frame and were sparked by a run-scoring triple, double, and three singles. The inning was highlighted by a triple from senior Alyssa Statham which scored freshman Micaela Beck and junior Maddie Ridgway. Statham's triple to left was one of her game-high three hits, an honor she shared with Ridgway, and the two RBIs were part of a game-high four RBIs. BSC added another run in the fourth when a single from senior Bethany Fronk plated sophomore Ashley Leonard to extend the lead to 8-0.

Three runs from Talladega in the top of the fifth were answered by the Panthers in the bottom of the fifth when another Statham hit and a Talladega error scored three more Panther runs to trigger the mercy rule and give BSC an 11-3 win.

Fronk (11-1) was in control in the circle, allowing only one hit and earning six strikeouts in her four innings of work.

In game two, sophomore Taylor Harkins (10-4) continued the trend of strong Panther pitching as the sophomore gave up only one hit, while fanning four and walking none.

At the dish, BSC jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after one. The offensive effort was paced by a trio of RBI doubles from Statham, senior Taylor Bassett, and sophomore Torrie Garner. The Panthers scored four runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to earn the 8-0 victory.

Statham once again led the Panthers at the plate with a game-high two hits. Statham, along with sophomore Amanda Ballew, had a game-high two RBIs. For the afternoon Statham went 5-7 with six RBIs.

The Panthers hit the road for a Saturday doubleheader against No. 9 Emory. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. EDT.