BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The Birmingham-Southern softball team lost two games at home to Berry, Tuesday evening at BSC Softball Park in the Panthers' last home games of the season. With the 4-3 and 3-0 wins, the Vikings win the series, 3-1.
BSC falls to 23-13 overall and 14-6 in the Southern Athletic Association, dropping to third place in the standings, while the Vikings solidify their conference lead with an overall 25-9 record and a 17-5 mark in league play.
Today's games were originally scheduled for Sunday, but were rescheduled due to rain. It was Senior Day for BSC, with Brittany Berkopec, Chelsea Fernandez, and Danielle Rucker being honored in pregame festivities.
Berry scored its first run of the first game in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single from Abbey Daniels, and the Panthers tied it up in the bottom of the frame, scoring on an error by the Vikings on a play at home plate. Berry took back the lead in the top of the sixth on another Daniels RBI, and then scored twice in the top of the seventh on a two-run triple by Sara Vigue to go up 4-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, with one out, the Panthers scored on an RBI from senior Brittany Berkopec. The Vikings intentionally walked sophomore Taylor Bassett, who is ranked second in the nation with 14 home runs, to load the bases, and sophomore Alyssa Statham hit an infield RBI single to cut the lead to 4-3. BSC wasn't able to score again, however, and the Vikings came away with the one-run victory.
BSC had five hits, led by sophomore Joanna Jernigan who was 2-3. Sophomore Bethany Fronk threw the complete game, falling to 18-10 on the season after giving up 10 hits and four earned runs with two strikeouts.
Berry pitcher Allison Coronado also went the whole game, allowing five hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts. Three different Vikings all went 2-4 at the plate.
In game two, Berry got off to a quick start, scoring in the top of the first after a Panther error. The bats went silent after that, though, until the top of the sixth when Daniels singled to bring in yet another RBI and a pinch-hit sac-fly by Natalie Boyd put Berry up 3-0. The Panthers were unable to score in the final two innings, with Berry lessening their chances by turning a double play in the bottom of the seventh for the first two outs, and the Vikings got the shutout win.
Berry hurler Caillee Shamoun threw all seven innings and gave up only two hits (recorded by Fronk and sophomore Elizabeth Ballew). Kristen Stoll and Lacey Herring were 2-4 at the plate for the Vikings.
Freshman Deanna Creps pitched the complete game for BSC, falling to 5-3 on the year. She allowed eight hits and two earned runs with two strikeouts.
The Panthers are on the road this weekend to wrap up the regular season, facing Rhodes in a four-game series with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday in Memphis. BSC will then travel to Danville, Ky., for the 2013 SAA Championship, April 26-28, hosted by Centre College.