By MacKenzie Tuttle for Berryvikings.com
ROME, Ga. -- Allison DeBusk was 3-for-3 at the plate, but the Berry College softball team fell to Birmingham-Southern College, 6-3, on Saturday afternoon.
The eighth-ranked Vikings dropped to 21-5 overall and 7-2 in the Southern Athletic Association. The 17th-ranked Panthers improved to 20-6 and 10-1.
DeBusk's three hits led the BC offense. She also added an RBI in the loss.
BSC scored the first runs of the game in the top of the second inning to go ahead, 2-0.
The Panthers then tacked on one and three runs in the third and sixth innings respectively to ensure the victory.
Berry added one run in the bottom of the fourth, fifth and seventh innings but could not close the gap.
For the Panthers, Maddie Ridgeway led the offensive effort with three hits and one RBI in the win.
Kassie Howard (15-2) took the loss on the mound for Berry. Howard tossed five and 1/3 innings. She allowed eight hits, four earned runs and three walks in the outing.
Marie Collop closed out the game in the circle for the Vikings. Collop did not give up any hits or any runs, striking out four batters in her one and 2/3 innings of work.
The Vikings return to action on Saturday, April 2 against Rhodes College. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. in Memphis, Tennessee.