Softball splits with Huntingdon in home finale

Torrie Garner (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Torrie Garner (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Playing at home for the last time this season, the Birmingham-Southern softball team split with in-state non-conference rival Huntingdon, losing 1-0 in the first game before winning 9-0, Wednesday afternoon at BSC Softball Park.

The Panthers move to 21-15, while the Hawks move to 25-15.

BSC recorded only one hit in game one, with Huntingdon hurler Brooke Meadows carrying a no-hitter until the bottom of the seventh when junior Taylor Bassett singled to left field. The Hawks scored the lone run of the game in the top of the sixth on a ground-out RBI by Halleigh DiNicholas.

Junior Bethany Fronk (11-11) threw the complete game for BSC, giving up four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts and three walks. Meadows (14-6) also went the complete game, giving up one hit with two walks and 11 strikeouts.

In the nightcap, the Panthers turned the tables and shut out the Hawks, finding their bats and recording 13 total hits. BSC picked up three runs in the bottom of the first, courtesy of an RBI double from freshman Torrie Garner, and RBI singles by Bassett and junior Hannah Harris.

Junior Joanna Jernigan scored on a Huntingdon error in the bottom of the second to extend the lead to 4-0, and Harris recorded another RBI single in the bottom of the third. In the bottom of the fourth, the Panthers wrapped up the scoring on a two-RBI Garner double and a two-run homer by Bassett, her second of the season. The Hawks were unable to score in the top of the fifth, and the game ended early.

Garner was 3-3 at the plate with three RBI, while Fronk, Harris, and Bassett were all 2-3, with Garner also posting three RBI. Freshman Taylor Harkins (10-4) gave up four hits in five innings with three strikeouts for her sixth shutout of the season.

The Panthers travel to Rome, Ga., this weekend to wrap up regular season play, facing Berry College in a four-game Southern Athletic Association series to determine the regular season champion. Games begin at 1 p.m. ET on Friday and 12 p.m. ET on Saturday.