Softball drops two to No. 17 Washington (Mo.)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern softball team dropped two games at home to No. 17 Washington (Mo.) today at BSC Softball Park, losing 11-2 in six innings and 5-4. The Panthers fall to 3-7, while the Bears remain undefeated at 5-0.

In the first game, after giving up a run in the top of the first inning, a two-RBI single from junior Taylor Bassett put BSC up 2-1 after one complete inning. Unfortunately those would be the Panthers' only runs of the game, while the Bears proceeded to score twice in the third, five times in the fifth, and three times in the sixth. BSC recorded five hits, led by Bassett who was 2-3, but also committed three errors. WashU had 13 hits, with three Bears getting two or more hits.

Freshman Taylor Harkins (1-2) started for BSC in the circle and gave up nine hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. Sophomore Deanna Creps threw the final 1.2 innings and allowed four hits and three earned runs.

The Bears scored in the top of the first of game two as well, and the Panthers responded in the bottom of the third with an RBI single by junior Hannah Harris to tie it up, and then a two-run double from junior Alyssa Statham to put BSC up 3-1. The Panthers held onto the lead until the top of the fifth, when WashU put up three runs, all unearned after BSC committed two errors to start the inning, putting the Bears up 4-3. The tying run came in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from freshman Torrie Garner, but the Bears scored once more in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Harris was hit by a pitch to take first, then made it to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Bethany Fronk. After the second out, Harris stole third, but was unable to cross the plate before the Panthers' third out to end the game.

Fronk (2-5) pitched all seven innings for BSC, giving up 12 hits and two earned runs with one strikeout. Six different Panthers recorded single hits, while four Bears had two or more hits.

BSC is at home again tomorrow and Sunday, opening Southern Athletic Association play against Rhodes with noon doubleheaders both days.