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Fronk's no-hitter helps BSC sweep Sewanee

Bethany Fronk (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Bethany Fronk (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Thanks in part to senior Bethany Fronk's five-inning no-hitter in the first game today, the Birmingham-Southern softball team shut out Sewanee twice Sunday afternoon, 11-0 and 9-0, to sweep the four-game Southern Athletic Series.

The Panthers moved to 26-6-1 overall and 15-2-1 in the SAA, while the Tigers fell to 0-24 overall and 0-20 in league play.

BSC scored twice in the bottom of the first inning of game one and then added five in the bottom of the second to go up 7-0 early in the game. Four more in the bottom of the fourth pushed it to 11-0 before the game ended early after the top of the fifth due to the eight-run rule.

The Panthers had nine hits, with senior Taylor Bassett going 2-2 and Fronk going 2-3 at the plate. Bassett and freshman Micaela Beck led with two RBIs apiece.

Fronk (13-2) pitched the complete-game no-hit shutout, striking out eight batters, and was one walk away from a perfect game. BSC is the only team this season to throw a no-hitter against Sewanee; sophomore Taylor Harkins also pitched a no-hit shutout yesterday in game two against the Tigers.

Game two started in similar fashion to the first game, with BSC scoring twice in the first, courtesy of a two-run homer from sophomore Micaela Beck, and then five in the second to go up 7-0. The Panthers then added single runs in both the third and fourth and the game ended early again with a final score of 9-0.

Beck was 3-3 at the plate with a game-high four RBIs. Senior Alyssa Statham also recorded two RBIs. Harkins started and pitched three shutout innings, allowing one hit with six strikeouts. Freshman Jessyca Ray came in for the final two innings, allowing one hit with one strikeout.

The Panthers wrap up regular season play next weekend on the road, traveling to Conway, Ark., for a four-game conference series against Hendrix, Saturday and Sunday. The following weekend begins post-season play, with Millsaps hosting the 2015 SAA Championship in Jackson, Miss. BSC is currently at second in the conference standings behind Berry, who owns a 17-2 league record and will face Centre next weekend at home.