Coming off a home doubleheader sweep of Oakland City University, the softball took their bats and gloves to Wilmore, KY, to face former KIAC-rival Asbury University.
Game 1- The first inning for the Mountaineers offense looked like it was going to be a quick inning, as the first two batters struck out and popped out to first. But the third batter, Kari Kviten, would make her turn at the plate count, as she would put the first run on the board by hitting a home run over the center field fence. Asbury would respond in the bottom of the first inning scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead. The defenses picked up for both teams in the next three innings as the teams combined for six hits but record no runs. Berea would tie the score 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning off RBIs from Mercedes Stanfield and Katelyn Blair. The Eagles would re-take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs to take a 6-3 advantage going into the sixth inning. The Blue Crew would be unable to add any more runs in the game while Asbury added two more in the bottom of the sixth and claim the 8-3 win.
Katelyn Blair pitched a complete game, allowing 11 hits, eight runs, striking out eight batters and allowing three walks. The Mountaineer offense tallied three runs on eight hits, led by Kviten, who went 2-3, with one home run, one RBI and two runs scored.
Game 2- Berea's offense started off hot as the first five batters reached base, three by walk, one by a hit and one by a hit by pitch. The Mountaineers plated two runs off that hot start, as Allie Newton was awarded home on a bases loaded walk and Hannah Carter scored following a Berea batter being hit by a pitch. The Eagles hit a two-run home run to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the first inning. The offense for the Mountaineers would go stagnant in the next three innings until the fifth inning, when Kviten would hit her second home run of the night, this time to left, and driving in two runs. Chelsey Parsons and Cheyanna Johnson would each add an RBI to help the Mountaineers take a 6-3 lead. Stanfield would give the Moutaineers a 8-4 lead when her single slid through the hole at second base and brought in two more runners. Asbury got a run back in the 7th but the Mountaineers would go on to win 8-5.
Berea's offense was led by Kviten and Stanfield, with Kviten going 2-3 while Stanfield went 2-3 and had 3 RBIs. The offense totaled eight runs on eight hits. Victoria Sergent went the distance, allowing nine hits, five runs (four earned) while striking out eight batters and walking two.
With the series split, the Blue Crew move to 4-4 on the season and return home to face Kentucky Christian University in doubleheader action. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM at the Berea College Sports Complex.