By MacKenzie Tuttle, Digital Content Supervisor
ROME, Ga. — The Berry College baseball team strung together 14 hits on the day, but the Vikings fell to the Lynx of Rhodes College 11-7 in the first game of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championship series.
Berry will need to take both games tomorrow in order to secure the SAA title. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m.
Dylan Beasley and Devin Post opened up scoring in the contest, adding back-to-back RBI doubles in the bottom of the second inning to give Berry an early 2-0 lead. Rhodes answered, plating five runs in the top of the third inning highlighted by Nick Bosma's bases-clearing triple. Rhodes took a 5-2 advantage with neither team scoring again until the sixth inning.
A Vikings' error, as well as a bases loaded hit by pitch expanded the Lynx lead to 7-2 in the top of the sixth. Four Berry singles in the bottom of the same inning, as well as a bases loaded walk, plated two Vikings' runs to cut the lead to 7-4.
Jacob Delk then sent a two-run homer over the center field wall, cutting the lead to 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Lynx halted the Vikings' rally in the eights with a two-out grand slam from Ryan Palermo to put the game out of reach.
Ben Coker (9-2) took the loss on the mound for the Vikings, tossing five inning, while allowing eight hits and six runs. On the day, Berry finished the matchup with 14 hits and one error, while the Lynx finished with 10 hits and three errors.
- Jacob Delk: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBIs, HR
- Spence Johns: 2-for-5, R
- Quinn Smith: 2-for-5, RBI
- Tyler Calvert: 2-for-4, R
- Devin Post: 2-for-3, R, 2 RBIs
- Paul Giacomazzi: 2-for-5, 2 R
- Jacob Telli: 1-for-2, 2 R, RBI
- Ryan Palermo: 2-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBIs
- Nick Bosma: 1-for-5, R, 3 RBIs, 2.1 IP, SV
- Jacob Delk set the Berry single-season hits record today with his 68th hit on the year