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April 13, 2012

Softball splits with Huntingdon

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern softball team played Huntingdon on the road today and split, winning the first game 2-1 but dropping game two 6-4.

The Panthers now stand at 24-6 on the season, while the Hawks move to 21-10.

In game one, BSC scored its first run in the top of the second inning on an error by Huntingdon. Huntingdon tied it up in the bottom of the fourth, and freshman Erin Lopez recording the game-winning RBI in the top of the seventh, singling to right-center with two outs on the board to bring junior Brittany Berkopec home. The Panthers held Huntingdon scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the 2-1 victory.

Berkopec and Lopez were both 2-3 at the plate, and senior Ronni Ferris was the winning pitcher, moving to 10-4 on the season after recording four strikeouts and giving up four hits.

The Panthers got on the board quickly in game two, scoring in the top of the first on an RBI single from senior Ashley Bice. But the Hawks put four runs up in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to two BSC errors.

BSC cut it to 4-3 in the top of the third thanks to a run scored on the throw after a Lopez ground-out, and an RBI single from freshman Taylor Bassett. Huntingdon expanded its lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth, and the Panthers scored once more in the top of the sixth but was unable to score again.

Both teams recorded eight hits; junior Chelsea Fernandez was 2-2 at the plate and Berkopec was 2-4. Fronk started in the circle and took her first loss of the season, falling to 10-1 after giving up eight hits and five earned runs with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Ferris came in for the final 1.1 inning and struck out three Hawks.

BSC stays on the road tomorrow, facing Berry in a 1 p.m. ET doubleheader in Rome, Ga.