Berry handles Hendrix in five innings, 9-1

Sara Vigue
Sara Vigue

CONWAY, Ark. -- The Berry College softball team defeated Hendrix, 9-1 in five innings, on the first day of the 2014 Southern Athletic Association Tournament.

Berry improved to 30-9 and set a new benchmark for wins in a season. Hendrix, which has an elimination game on Saturday morning, dropped to 16-21.

Berry broke the game open with six runs--all unearned--in the third inning.

Senior Sara Vigue went 2-3 with a double and three RBI to lead Viking hitters.  Brittany Ferrell was 2-3 and Shelby Smith hit 2-3 with a triple and three RBI. Freshmen Marie Collop and Allison DeBusk both knocked home runs for the Vikes. 

On the mound, Allie Coronado continued her strong pitching. She improved to 11-3 after allowing one unearned run and scattering three hits. Shelby Anderson was 2-2 and had an RBI single to lead Warrior hitters.

Berry will play Millsaps winner in a winner's bracket game at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Majors defeated second-seed BSC, 6-4, in 11 innings on Friday night.

The tournament is slated to end on Saturday night after inclement weather expected Sunday forced a tournament chedule change.