No. 25 Softball wins two against Hendrix

photo by Michael Wade
photo by Michael Wade

CONWAY, Ark.—The No. 25 Birmingham-Southern softball team extended its winning streak to seven games on Saturday with two road victories against Hendrix in Conway, Ark. The Panthers won 4-1 in nine innings and then 2-1 in the nightcap.

BSC moved to 28-6-1 overall and 17-2-1 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Warriors fell to 10-22 overall and 6-14 in league action.

In game one, the Panthers led 2-0 after the top of the fifth, but Hendrix tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. The score remained tied through the next two innings before an RBI single by sophomore Alex Skene put the Panthers ahead 3-2 in the top of the ninth. In the next at-bat, junior Casey Craig RBI doubled to increase BSC's advantage to 4-2. Hendrix threatened in the bottom of the ninth, getting runners to second and third with two outs before a ground-out ended the game to preserve the Panther win.

Freshman Micaela Beck and sophomore Amanda Ballew were 2-4, and junior Maddie Ridgway was 2-5 at the plate. Beck also hit her ninth home run of the season to score BSC's first run of the game. Senior Bethany Fronk started in the circle and went 5.1 innings, giving up one earned run with six strikeouts, before sophomore Taylor Harkins came in and picked up the win, throwing the last 3.2 innings and striking out two Warrior batters.

In game two, each team scored a single run in the second inning, with BSC's coming off an RBI single by sophomore Torrie Garner. Fronk recorded the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the fifth, and the Panthers held Hendrix scoreless the rest of the way.

Senior Taylor Bassett was 2-4, and Garner was 2-3. Harkins (15-4) threw the complete game and gave up three hits with six strikeouts.

The teams will play twice again tomorrow at noon to wrap up the conference series. BSC then begins postseason play next weekend as either the one or two seed in the 2015 SAA Championship, hosted by Millsaps in Jackson, Miss.