No. 25 Softball completes four-game sweep of Hendrix

No. 25 Softball completes four-game sweep of Hendrix

CONWAY, Ark.—The 25th-ranked Birmingham-Southern softball team wrapped up the regular season on Sunday with two more wins against Hendrix, completing the four-game conference series sweep.

BSC won 7-2 and 11-2 today, finishing the regular season with a record of 30-6-1 overall and 19-2-1 in the Southern Athletic Association. It marks the third 30-win season in program history; the last time BSC won 30 or more games was 2012, when the Panthers won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title and went 2-2 at the NCAA Regional in Tyler, Texas.

BSC begins post-season play next weekend in Jackson, Miss., defending their 2014 SAA title as the second seed in the 2015 SAA Championship. The Panthers will face seventh-seeded Sewanee in the first round, with game times being announced this week by host Millsaps. Top-seeded Berry, who also won the regular season title last year, gets a first-round bye before facing the winner of the game between fourth-seeded Millsaps and fifth-seeded Centre.

After Hendrix got on the board in the bottom of the first inning of game one today, marking the Warriors' only lead of the series, BSC scored twice in the top of the third and once in the top of the fourth to pull ahead 3-1. The Panthers then scored four more in the top of the sixth to go up 7-1. Hendrix was able to put up one more run in the bottom of the seventh, cutting it to a final of 7-2.

Seniors Alyssa Statham and Taylor Bassett were both 2-3 at the dish, and Statham led with two RBIs. Senior Bethany Fronk started in the circle and threw three innings, followed by sophomore Taylor Harkins going four innings and picking up the win to move to 16-4 on the season. The two combined to give up nine hits with four strikeouts.

Fronk came back strong in the nightcap, throwing the complete five-inning game and working a no-hit shutout through the first four innings. BSC scored early and often, going up 2-0 after the first and then adding five more in the second. Four runs in the fourth, including freshman Micaela Beck's 10th home run of the season, pushed the lead to 11-0. The Warriors finally got on the board during their last chance, scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth.

Bassett was 2-2, Statham was 3-4, Beck was 2-4, and Fronk was 2-3 at the plate, and Beck, Statham, and Bassett all recorded a game-high two RBIs. Fronk also recorded three strikeouts in the circle, moving to 14-2 on the season.