Vikings Split on Saturday at NFCA Classic

Brittany Tuttle
Brittany Tuttle

By MacKenzie Tuttle for Berryvikings.com

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Berry College split its games on Saturday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

The Vikings defeated Illinois Wesleyan, 12-4, to open the day. That win earned BC a spot in the top bracket (Gold), where the team lost to #1 Texas Tyler, 3-0.

In the first game, Marie Collop, Brittany Ferrell, Brittany Tuttle and Allison DeBusk each had three hits as Berry cruised over Illinois Wesleyan.

Collop led the BC offense, batting 3-for-4 in the win. She also knocked in four RBIs and scored once for the Vikings.

DeBusk hit 3-for-3 at the plate. She added three RBIs and two runs as well.

Both Ferrell and Tuttle were 3-for-5 for Berry. Ferrell scored once for the Vikes and added three RBIs. Tuttle scored twice and added one RBI as well.

Kylie Aiken and Kenzie Fleming rounded out the BC offense, tallying one hit apiece. They each scored twice in the win also.

Berry opened up the game with a ten-run second inning. The Titans then added one run in the third and three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but could not hold off the five-inning run rule.

For the Titans, Jillian Runyon had two hits in the loss. She was 2-for-2 and scored twice for IWU. Danielle Smith added a triple in the win, knocking in all three of the Titans' runs.

Berry outhit Illinois Wesleyan, 14-5, in the victory.

Kassie Howard (10-1) earned the win on the mound for Berry. Howard tossed two complete innings for the Vikes. She allowed no runs and struck out one batter.

Collop closed the game in the circle for BC. She threw three innings, allowing five hits and four runs, while striking out one.

Berry lost the nightcap in a rematch against #1-ranked Texas Tyler University (15-2), 3-0. 

Fleming led the BC offense with two hits in the loss. Sarah Moore added the final Berry hit in the contest. 

Allie Coronado (4-2) took the loss on the mound. Coronado threw 6 1/3 innings for the Vikes, allowing only three runs--UT-Tyler's lowest offensive output in the tournament thus far. 

The Vikings (16-3) play Lake Forest in the Gold Bracket consolation round on Sunday at 9 a.m.