BC Softball traveled south to take on fellow USCAA member Tennessee Temple on Valentine's Day for a double-header to kick off the 2015 season. It proved to be a wild contest with good moments mixed in with a few errors.
Game 1 - The Mountaineers jumped on the Crusaders early scoring the first two runs of the season in the first inning only to see that lead slip away as TTU scored six runs over the next five innings. Down 6-2, the Blue Crew would mount a furious rally taking the lead 7-6 in the top of the sixth inning only to see the game slip away in the home half of the sixth.
Berea would collect seven runs on 15 hits, while committing five errors. Junior Katelyn Blair picked up the loss, going six innings, giving up all eight runs, though only three earned, striking out three and walking two. Offensively, sophomore Mercedes Stanfield went 4-4 with two RBIs and one run scored.
Game 2 - BC again feasted early on the Crusaders pitching scoring three in their first time at bat. They would give up those three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and head into the sixth inning looking at 6-5 deficit. Like the first half of the double-header, the Blue Crew would rally pushing three runners across the plate to take an 8-6 lead. Unlike the first game, this lead would hold as senior Victoria Sergent would take care of the rest; blanking the Crusaders in their final two at-bats to give Berea its first win of the season.
Sergent was dominant for BC going the full seven innings, scattering six hits, giving up only one earned run, walking five and striking out 10. Offensively, fellow senior Allie Newton went 4-5 scoring twice, while Kari Kviten and Stanfield each knocked in three BC runs.
The Mountaineers are schedule to play a double-header on Tuesday at Bryan College with first pitch set for 1:00 pm.