No. 6 Softball shuts out Hendrix twice at home

Micaela Beck (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Micaela Beck (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The No. 6 Birmingham-Southern softball team extended its win streak to 14 games Saturday afternoon, defeating Hendrix by the scores of 2-0 and 8-0 in conference action at BSC Softball Park.

The Panthers moved to 33-6 overall and 15-2 in the SAA, while the Warriors fell to 19-15 overall and 8-9 in conference play.

GAME 1

  • BSC got runners to third in each of the first three innings before finally scoring in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer by sophomore Micaela Beck, her sixth long ball of the year.
  • The Panthers retired 15 of the first 17 Warrior batters, with Hendrix getting past first base only once, in the top of the sixth.
  • Junior Taylor Harkins (18-2) threw the complete-game shutout, giving up only one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts.
  • Beck led at the plate going 2-of-3 with two RBI.

GAME 2

  • The Panthers shut out the Warriors again in game two, this time with more offensive output.
  • BSC scored three runs in the first, thanks to two runs scored on an error and an RBI double by junior Torrie Garner.
  • The Panthers added four more in the third inning off an RBI single by freshman Kendall Hamm, another run scored on an error, and RBI singles by freshmen Abby Spencer and Haley Crumpton.
  • In the bottom of the fifth, Spencer reached second on another error by Hendrix, and junior Maddie Ridgway's sac bunt put Spencer on third.
  • Crumpton then doubled to right field to score Spencer and end the game early at 8-0.
  • Crumpton was 2-of-2 at the plate with two RBI, and also pitched the complete-game shutout, giving up only two hits and one walk with five strikeouts to move to 7-2 on the year.
  • Spencer and freshman Catherine Coffey were both 2-of-3 at the plate.

UP NEXT

  • The Panthers and Warriors will face off tomorrow in game three of the series at noon.
  • A win tomorrow will clinch at least a share of the SAA regular season title for BSC as well as the top seed in next weekend's conference tournament in Memphis, Tenn.