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April 21, 2012

Softball shuts out Sewanee, 10-0 and 14-0

SEWANEE, Tenn.—Powered by two shutout performances, the Birmingham-Southern softball team took two wins on the road this afternoon from Sewanee. The Panthers won game one 10-0 and game two by a score of 14-0, both in five innings.

With the wins, the Panthers improve to 27-7 on the season and move to 13-1 in SCAC play. The Tigers drop to 5-22 overall and 0-16 in the conference.

In game one BSC bats were held silent in the first two innings with only a single, walk, and stolen base worth of offensive production. However, in the top of the third the Panther bats awoke with five runs coming off four hits and two Tiger errors. The scoring began with senior Ashley Bice going yard for a two-run home run that brought home freshman Joanna Jernigan, who reached on the first error of the inning.

Freshman Erin Lopez would add to the scoring with a triple that plated juniors Brittany Berkopec and Danielle Rucker. The final run of the inning would come across a batter later when freshman Bethany Fronk's single brought Lopez home.

The scoring continued in the fifth starting with a bases-loaded single by Jernigan that brought Lopez across. One batter later, Bice hit her second home run on the game, a grand slam, that scored Jernigan, senior Ronni Ferris, and junior Chelsea Fernandez. The ten runs were enough to support starting pitcher Ferris, who threw four scoreless innings and moved to 11-2 on the year. Freshman Kendall Watson came in for the fifth inning to preserve the win.

In game two, Fronk, again with the help of Watson in the fifth, moved to 11-4 in the circle with four shutout innings of work.

The Panthers would get on the board in the first of game two, starting with a two-run single from Fronk that brought across Berkopec and Jernigan. The final two runs of the opening frame came courtesy of a single from senior Emily Merritt, with Fronk and freshman Taylor Bassett scoring.

Following a scoreless second, the Panthers added four more runs in the third highlighted by a lead-off home run from Bassett. The Panther scoring would wrap up in the fourth inning when Birmingham-Southern saw six runs cross the plate off a two-run double by Merritt, a two-run triple from junior Jordan Allen, and singles from Fronk and Bice. Merritt would pace the squad with five RBI on three hits in the second game.

BSC completes regular season play tomorrow with the final two games of the series against Sewanee slated to start at noon.