Softball falls to Montevallo, 14-11

Amanda Ballew (photo by Michael Wade)
Amanda Ballew (photo by Michael Wade)

MONTEVALLO, Ala.—In a high-scoring game on both sides, the Birmingham-Southern softball team lost on the road to the University of Montevallo, Tuesday evening, 14-11 at Orr Park.

The Panthers fell to 8-5-1, while Montevallo, an NCAA Division II program, moved to 15-18.

BSC led 3-2 after three-and-a-half innings. The Panthers scored a single run in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly-out from sophomore Amanda Ballew, plating sophomore Torrie Garner who reached with a lead-off double to left-center, and then scored twice in the top of the fourth on an RBI fielder's choice by junior Casey Craig and a run scored on an attempted double steal. The Falcons scored once in the bottom of the second and third, but then exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of a BSC error and then picking up five hits and six RBI.

Finding themselves down 9-3, the Panthers rallied in the top of the fifth, scoring twice on a Ballew double to plate senior Bethany Fronk and Garner and cut the lead to 9-5.

Montevallo scored another run in the bottom of the fifth to go up 10-5, but BSC stayed on the Falcons' heels, with senior Alyssa Statham hitting a home run—her fifth of the year—to score two runs in the top of the sixth and cut the deficit to 10-7.

The Falcons came up big again in the bottom of the sixth, with Sydney Abounassar hitting a grand slam to put her team up 14-7. The Panthers scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, off a two-RBI double from senior Taylor Bassett and then a two-run homer from freshman Micaela Beck—her third of the season—but it wasn't enough to overcome Montevallo's 14-11 lead.

BSC recorded 13 hits, four less than the Falcons, led by Bassett and Beck who were 3-5 at the plate. Ballew led with three RBI and Statham drew two walks.

Sophomore Taylor Harkins (4-4) started in the circle and threw 5.1 innings, giving up 13 hits and seven earned runs with three strikeouts. Fronk came in for the final two outs and allowed four hits and six earned runs with one strikeout.

The Panthers are at home this weekend, hosting a Southern Athletic Association series against Millsaps with noon doubleheaders both Saturday and Sunday at BSC Softball Park.