Returning home from a road doubleheader against former KIAC rival Asbury University, the Mountaineers welcomed a Kentucky Christian University team which had won 10 consecutive games in a row coming into today's matchup, hoping to end their winning streak.
Game 1- The first inning started out well for the Mountaineers. Victoria Sergent was able to get the first two KCU batters to line out to the shortstop and fly out to center field. Sergent would be put in a bind as the next batter would hit a ball to deep center field and wind up on second base only to advance to third base on a single by the next batter. But Sergent would come back strong, making the next hitter ground out to third base. The offense for the Mountaineers would start solid as Allie Newton would reach base by a walk. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, the umpire called Newton out on a single hit by Hannah Carter because of runner's interference. The next two batters for the Mountaineers reached base on walks, advancing Carter to third to put her in scoring position. On the next play, Carter, along with Kari Kviten, put two runs on the board off a Morgan McClure single to right-center field. With the two runs, Berea would end the first inning with a 2-0 lead. KCU responded with a 11 run second inning the Mountaineers would never be able to recover from. The Knights would go on to take the first game of the doubleheader 15-2.
Katelyn Blair pitched all but one inning for the Mountaineers, allowing four earned runs and eight hits, while striking out four batters and walking two batters. The Blue Crew offense scored two runs off of five hits. Hannah Carter was the stand out on offense for the Mountaineers, as she went 3-4, with one double and one run.
Berea will be back in action in a doubleheader against Point Park University tomorrow, March 29th. First pitch is set for 11:00 AM.