BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern softball team opened SCAC play at home today, defeating Millsaps by the scores of 6-4 and 7-1 at BSC Softball Park.
The Panthers move to 14-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while the Majors fall to 5-15 overall and 0-2 in the SCAC.
In game one, senior Ashley Bice and freshman Joanna Jernigan were both 3-of-3 at the plate to lead BSC. After going up 6-0, the Panthers gave up four runs in the top of the seventh, but were able to hold off the rallying Majors for the 6-4 win.
Senior Ronni Ferris pitched 6.2 innings and got the win to move to 5-3 on the season. She gave up six hits and four earned runs with six strikeouts. Senior Beth Lefler also saw action, giving up two hits, and freshman Bethany Fronk came in for the final out with the score at 6-4 and bases loaded to get the save, her sixth of the year.
In game two, Millsaps scored its lone run in the top of the first inning, after which BSC scored seven straight. Junior Chelsea Fernandez was 2-of-3, while Bice and Jernigan were both 2-of-4 at the plate. Fernandez led with three RBI.
Fronk threw the complete game, moving to 4-0 on the season after allowing seven hits with four strikeouts.
The teams will play a noon doubleheader tomorrow to wrap up the four-game series.