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Softball drops twin bill to No. 18 Emory

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Losing both by the score of 2-1, the Birmingham-Southern softball team dropped a pair of games to No. 18 Emory, Thursday evening at BSC Softball Park.

The Panthers fall to 13-13, while the Eagles move to 31-6.

BSC held Emory scoreless until the top of the fifth inning in game one before a Megan Light RBI single up the middle plated Ally Kersthold. The Panthers tied it up in the home half of the fifth on a sac-fly by junior Hannah Harris to bring freshman Ashley Leonard across the plate. Leonard was pinch running for freshman Taylor Brewer, who led off the inning with a single to left field before advancing to second on a single by freshman Alex Skene and making it to third on a sac bunt by junior Joanna Jernigan.

Emory did not let the 1-1 tie stand for long, scoring in the top of the sixth when Claire Bailey singled to right field. BSC had a chance to tie it up in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners on first and second before the Eagles turned a double play to end the game.

BSC recorded five hits, all from different Panther batters. Freshman Taylor Harkins (6-4) took the loss in the circle after giving up 10 hits and three walks with one strikeout.

The nightcap was a pitcher's duel through the first three innings before a two-run homer by Light in the top of the fourth put the Eagles up 2-0. The Panthers got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single up the middle by freshman Maddie Ridgway, plating Leonard who was pinch running for Skene, who led off the inning with a single to right field. BSC held Emory scoreless after the two-run bomb in the fourth, although the Eagles left five runners on base through the remainder of the game, but the Panthers were also unable to score again and Emory came away with another 2-1 victory.

Four different Panthers recorded single hits. Junior Bethany Fronk (7-9) gave up five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in the circle.

BSC resumes Southern Athletic Association play this weekend, traveling to face Sewanee with noon doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. The Panthers return home next weekend to host Hendrix with noon doubleheaders on April 12 and 13.