Softball wins SAA regular season championship!

2014 SAA Regular Season Champions
2014 SAA Regular Season Champions

ROME, Ga. -- Allie Coronado tossed a complete game shutout as Berry College captured the final game of the Southern Athletic Association regular season, 2-0, and the championship. Berry is now now 29-9 and finished 18-4 in conference. BSC ended the regular season 23-18 and 19-5.

The Vikings needed to win one game heading to Sunday's final doubleheader vs. Brimingham-Southern. BSC, however, captured the first game, 4-3.

Coronado scattered four hits, struck out three and walked four. She improved to 10-3 on the year.

"I thought we had the momentum after rallying in game one," said Head Coach Cori Thierrman. "We kept the bats and going and made the plays we needed.

Berry plated two runs in the first inning, which were the only runs in the contest. Shelby Smith doubled to score Abby Daniels. Marie Colleop then singled to score Smith for BC's scoring.

BSC held off the Vikings in game one. The Panthers got first-inning home runs from Taylor Bassett and Torrie Garner and had an early 3-0 lead. BC started Kayla Davis (11-3) was chased after two innings.

Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning the Vikings rallied with three runs. Berry had a chance to tie the game in the seventh. BC had runners on second and third, and Abby Daniels hit a ball to the shortstop. Brittany Ferrell, however, ran into Taylor Bassett. She was called out and the runner returned to third base.

Shelby Smith then popped out to end the game. Berry outhit BSC, 7-4. Sarah Brown collected two hits in the contest.

The Vikings now prepare for the SAA Tournament, which begins Friday at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Berry will be the top-seed in the double elimination tournament.

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