No. 6 Softball splits on day two of SAA Championship, will play for title on Sunday

Torrie Garner (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Torrie Garner (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn.—After falling to second-seeded Berry in extra innings, 4-3, the No. 6 Birmingham-Southern softball team rebounded this evening with a 5-3 defeat of Rhodes and will play for the 2016 Southern Athletic Association title tomorrow.

The Panthers, who now stand at 36-7, will face Berry again tomorrow at noon, and must defeat the Vikings twice to win the championship.

BSC VS. BERRY

  • The Vikings led 3-0 after five-and-a-half innings, and the Panthers cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI double from junior Maddie Ridgway.
  • In the bottom of the seventh, junior Torrie Garner hit a two-run homer over the left-center field fence to tie things up and send the game to extra innings.
  • Berry added one run in the top of the eighth, and then retired three straight Panther batters in the bottom of the frame to clinch the victory.
  • Five different Panthers recorded single hits; Berry out-hit BSC 8-5.
  • Freshman Leah White started in the circle and went five innings, striking out four batters.
  • Freshman Haley Crumpton (8-3) came in for the final three innings and took the loss.

BSC VS. RHODES

  • After falling into the elimination bracket, the Panthers were faced with playing the late game on Saturday and facing sixth-seeded Rhodes.
  • The Lynx scored three runs in the first two innings, and BSC cut it to 3-2 in the top of the third on a sac-fly by freshman Savannah Lee and an RBI double from sophomore Micaela Beck.
  • In the top of the fourth, a sac-fly from freshman Kendall Hamm tied things up at 3-3, and the tie stood until the top of the sixth.
  • Garner scored on a Rhodes error to put BSC up 4-3, and then Hamm scored on a wild pitch to put the top-seeded Panthers up 5-3.
  • Crumpton (9-3) then retired six of the next seven Rhodes batters to get the win, giving up three hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
  • BSC out-hit Rhodes 8-2, led by junior Alex Skene who was 2-of-2 and Garner who was 2-of-3.

UP NEXT

  • The top-seeded Panthers must defeat second-seeded Berry twice tomorrow to win the conference crown, with the first game beginning at noon.