April 11, 2012

Vikings Rally For Extra-Inning Win, Complete Twin Bill Sweep of Covenant

Berry's softball team scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Covenant 9-6 and complete a doubleheader sweep of the Scots Wednesday in Lookout Mountain, Ga. The Vikings won the first game 6-1.

Berry's four-run ninth inning in the second game was punctuated by Krista Woody's two-run home run, and helped complete a comeback from a 5-0 deficit.

In fact, Covenant was just three outs away from recording a shutout victory and salvaging a split, but after the first three batters in the top of the seventh loaded the bases for Berry, Vikings shortstop Jessica Washington delivered an RBI single that scored Katie Stanford and kept the bases loaded. Sara Vigue then drew a walk to score Lindsey Campbell and Kristin Stoll followed with a fielder's choice ground ball that pushed Holly Todd home.

After Stoll's RBI, Lacey Herring reached on an error that allowed Washington to score. Woody then loaded the bases with a single. The next batter, Courtney Hodges, struck out swinging on a passed ball and was thrown out at first base, but Stoll dashed home on the play to tie the score.

Stanford, who started the rally with a leadoff single, would then end the inning by popping up to the shortstop.

Berry reliever Andrea Cole, who entered the game in the third inning in relief of starter Caillee Shamoun, set the Scots down in order in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

Neither team would score in the eighth inning, which set up Berry's big ninth inning. Stoll delivered an RBI double and Herring pushed home a run with a sacrifice fly before Woody belted her hom run over the center field fence.

Cole earned the victory in the opener for the Vikings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks in seven innings of work. She struck out six batters.

Shamoun allowed three runs in two innings.
 
Woody was 4-for-4 in the game, driving in two runs and scoring once. Stoll also drove in two runs and scored twice and Washington went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Courtney Wagoner was 2-for-2 with a pair of home runs and five RBIs for the Scots.

In the first game, Shamoun was masterful, striking out 10 batters and allowing just one run on five hits in a complete-game effort.

Meanwhile, Berry's bats were busy, as Vigue, Stoll, Woody and Hodges tallied three hits apiece. All four players delivered a double, and Vigue also had a triple. Vigue and Stoll each scored twice, while Stoll, Woody, Hodges, Campbell and Herring all drove in a run.

Wagoner was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Scots.     

Berry is scheduled to return to action Saturday, when it hosts a doubleheader against Birmingham-Southern. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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