By MacKenzie Tuttle, Digital Content Supervisor
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – The No. 1 Berry College softball team split with the Tigers of DePauw University on Wednesday evening with game two going to extra innings. Berry took game one 7-4 before picking up just their second loss of the year with a 10-7 final in eight innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME ONE):
- Sarah Moore opened scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Brittany Tuttle and move the score to 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
- Kenzie Fleming then finished the inning off with a two-run homer over the left field fence to push the lead to 3-0.
- In the bottom of the second inning, Brittany Ferrell added a sacrifice groundout to the shortstop to bring home Elisabeth Federici and push the score to 4-0.
- Federici singled to left field in the bottom of the third to knock in Bethany Hunt and give Berry the 5-0 lead.
- DePauw then added their first two runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning.
- The Tigers' Sidney Holler singled to center field to score Gabby and cut the lead to 5-1.
- Abey Bass then reached on a Viking error to push the score to 5-2 going into the fifth inning.
- Berry scored their final two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to go ahead 7-2.
- DePauw's Megan Montgomery added a two-RBI single to first base in the top of the fifth inning, but Berry held on to complete their 26th win of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME TWO):
- The Vikings jumped out to an early lead in game two as well, plating four runs by the end of the first inning off of two singles and a wild pitch.
- DePauw answered, scoring three runs in the top of the second inning off of three singles and a Viking error to cut the lead to 4-3.
- Two third inning RBI-doubles by Marie Collop and Kayla Sangrey moved Berry's lead to 6-3.
- The Vikings remained ahead until the top of the seventh inning when Lauren Godden hit a bases clearing double to left-center to tie the game up at 6-6.
- Fleming doubled to right center and moved to third on a balk, but the Vikings were unable to hit her in, forcing the game into extra innings.
- DePauw's Liz Getz started the top of the eighth inning with a bunt. An error on the throw brought home Kathleen Byers as Getz advanced to third base, giving DePauw their first 7-6 lead of the day.
- The Tigers' Montgomery then added a well-executed squeeze to bunt in Getz and move DePauw's lead to 8-6 on the evening.
- Godden then followed with a two-RBI single to center field to push the score to 10-7 before the final out of the inning.
- Berry answered with a lead-off double from Federici to score Sangrey from second to open the bottom of the eighth inning.
- The Vikings would bring the tying run to the plate, but were unable to capitalize as they fell to DePauw 10-7.
BERRY STATISTCAL STANDOUTS:
- Ferrell: 2-for-6, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB, SB
- Moore: 1-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, SB
- Collop: 3-for-4, R, 2 RBIs, BB, 2 2B | 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 K
- Fleming: 2-for-8, 2 R, 2 RBIs, HR, 2B
- Sangrey: 2-for-6, BB, 2 R, 3 RBIs, 2B
- Kylie Aiken: 2-for-7, R, SB
- Federici: 3-for-6, R, 2 RBIs, 2 2B, BB
DEPAUW STATISTICAL STANDOUTS:
- Godden: 3-for-7, 5 RBIs, BB
- Jordyn Fera: 3-for-7, 3 Rs, 2 BB
- Montgomery: 2-for-9, 4 RBIs, 2 R, SB
- Bass: 1-for-5, R, 2 BB
- Getz: 1-for-7, R, RBI
- Emma Baldwin: 5.0 IP, 2 H, R, 6 SO, BB
- Collop earned the complete-game win in the circle for Berry in game one. She allowed five hits and only one earned run, while striking out three Tigers in the outing.
- Kassie Howard took the loss on the mound for the Vikings in game two. She allowed seven hits and four earned runs, tossing 180 pitches in her eight innings of work. Howard added seven strikeouts and seven walks in the contest.
- A total of five hours and 17 minutes of softball were played between the two games.
- The Vikings had not lost a regular-season game at home since April 1st, 2016.
- Brittany Tuttle is now just one stolen base shy of tying a Berry record with 28 on the season. The current record is 29 held by Tuttle from last season.
- Berry moves to 26-2 overall.
- DePauw moves to 3-11 on the year.
Berry will travel to Conway, Ark., for their next SAA matchup against Hendrix College beginning on Saturday.