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No. 25 Softball defeats Sewanee, Rhodes in SAA Championship

photo by Jimmy Mitchell
photo by Jimmy Mitchell

BRANDON, Miss.—Scoring 25 runs in two games, the 25th-ranked Birmingham-Southern softball team defeated Sewanee and Rhodes today in the 2015 Southern Athletic Association Championship at Shiloh Park in Brandon, Miss.

Second-seeded BSC defeated seventh-seeded Sewanee 17-0 in five innings and then third-seeded Rhodes 8-1. The Panthers now stand at 32-6-1 on the season and have won 11 straight games.

BSC will face top-seeded Berry tomorrow at 10 a.m. With a loss, the Panthers would play again at 1:30 p.m. in the elimination bracket, while a win would advance them to the 4:30 p.m. title game.

Against Sewanee, BSC scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning, followed by three in the bottom of the second and third and four in the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers recorded 15 hits, with senior Alyssa Statham going 4-4 with a game-high three RBIs. Senior Bethany Fronk (15-2) started in the circle and threw three innings, giving up no hits and no runs with four strikeouts. Freshman Jessyca Ray came in for the final two innings and allowed two hits with one strikeout.

In the game against Rhodes, the Panthers scored twice in the first, both on wild pitches. An RBI double from sophomore Alex Skene put BSC up 3-0 in the second, and the Panthers added three more in the third. The Lynx scored their lone run in the top of the fourth on a wild pitch, but BSC added two more in the fifth to pull up 8-1, and held Rhodes scoreless the rest of the way.

Senior Taylor Bassett was 2-3 to lead the Panthers at the plate, and recorded a game-high three RBIs. Sophomore Taylor Harkins (17-4) picked up the win, throwing the complete game and giving up four hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out six Lynx batters.