by Mitchell Miegel for Berryvikings.com
Rome, GA.—Berry College (28-8, 17-3) and Birmingham-Southern College (22-16,18-4) split two games on Saturday afternoon. BSC took the first game 4-0, while Berry won in walk-off fashion, 2-1, in the second game.
The Vikings and Panthers face off again Sunday April 20 at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader to decide who will win the regular season for the Southern Athletic Association. The Vikings need one victory to clinch the regular season crown, while the Panthers need a Sunday sweep.
Excellent pitching by both teams kept the runs to a minimum and clutch hitting helped to give each team the victory in both games.
In game one, Bethany Fronk (12-10) and Andrea Cole (4-2) squared off as the starters for each team. Cole was relieved early going only 1 and 2/3 innings giving up three runs off five hits with a lone strike out. Kayla Davis finished the game giving up five hits by only allowing one run to score. Fronk went the complete game giving up six hits, no runs, and striking out eight Vikings.
BC cracked six hits but were shutout for the first time this year. The Panthers scored all the runs they needed in the second inning. They scored three runs and added an insurance run in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
Fronk led her team in batting with three hits. Hannah Harris and Taylor Bassett racked a pair of hits with an RBI.
In game two, Allie Coronado (9-3) pitched the full seven innings with only giving up a run off five hits. Taylor Harkins (9-5) pitched nose to nose with Coronado the entire game. Harkins pitched six innings while giving up two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.
The Viking lineup was able to get the winning in the bottom of the seventh. Sarah Brown singled to lead off the inning. Brittany Ferrell followed with a roped RBI double to left center to score Brown from first. The bang-bang play swayed in Berry's favor with Brown sliding around the catcher to score the winning run.
Ferrell went 2-4 with a RBI and a run. Brown went 1-3 with a run. Shelby Smith scored the first run of the game on an RBI single to left center.
Prior to the game, seniors Cauthern Cole and Vigue were recognized. Click HERE for the senior day game program.