VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Berry College softball team saw their record-breaking season come to an end in Virginia Beach this morning, as Berry fell to the No. 1-ranked Virginia Wesleyan Marlins 7-6 in the NCAA Division III Super Regionals.
The game picked up in the bottom of the seventh inning after being suspended due to incoming rain yesterday. Katlin Seger shot a one-out single up the middle before advancing to third after MaKayley Cain was hit by a pitch and a passed ball. She was stranded however, and the Marlins scored in the top of the eighth to secure the win. The Vikings close the season at 39-6, appearing in the Super Regionals for the first time in program history.
Kassie Howard once again tossed the complete game, fanning six in the final game of her stellar Berry career.
Before the game was suspended yesterday, Berry took the lead in the bottom of the first after an RBI single from Bayleigh Masterson. The Marlins tied it in the top of the second before a Kylie Aiken single and a Masterson ground out gave Berry a pair of runs in the second to go up 3-1.
A misplay in the top of the third gave the Marlins a pair of runs to even it up at three runs apiece, but Katlin Seger sent a home run over the left field fence to take a 4-3 advantage.
The back-and-forth contest continued in the top of the fifth, as the Marlins were able to plate three to go ahead 6-4. Seger kept the hot bat going in the home half of the inning, doubling to left center to score Sangrey and get a run back.
Federici tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth with a single to left before the game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh.
The Marlins advance to the World Series in Oklahoma City on May 24-29 sporting a 50-2 record.