After competing in a doubleheader against Kentucky Christian University yesterday, the softball team went back out onto the field today to play another doubleheader, this time against former KIAC foe Point Park University Pioneers.
Game 1- The Mountaineers made quick work of the first three batters they faced as pitcher Katelyn Blair retired the first three batters by forcing two ground outs and a fly out to right field. The offense for the Mountaineers would strike quickly as well. The first batter for Berea, Allie Newton, reached base off a single, only to steal second as the next batter was at the plate. After advancing to third on a ground out, Newton would record the first run of the game off a RBI ground out by Kari Kviten. The Mountaineers only put one run on the board in the bottom of the first, but their lead would expand in the third inning. Courtney Sartin started off the bottom of the third inning reaching base on a walk. The next two batters for the Mountaineers grounded out, but Sartin was able to make her way to second off one of the ground outs. Kviten's single to shallow center field moved Sartin to third base only to score on a Mercedes Stanfield RBI single to make the score 2-0. With two outs and runners on first and second base, Morgan McClure stepped up to the plate and blasted a ball over the fence to hit a 3-run home run and extend the Mountaineers lead to 5-0. The Pioneers would threaten in the sixth inning as their first five batters of the inning reached base, but only two runs came from the threat, as a force out at home plate saved the Mountaineers from giving up a third run in the inning. The Blue Crew took game one from the Pioneers 5-2.
Katelyn Blair went the distance for Mountaineers, gaining her second win of the season. Blair gave up seven hits and two earned runs while walking three batters and striking out one. Berea's offense gathered nine hits, scoring five runs off those hits. McClure led the Mountaineers offense, going 2-3 with one home run and three runs batted in.
Game 2- In game two, Berea's bats would struggle. Point Park University started the second game with their first batter reaching base, eventually making her way to home plate to score the only run of the game for both teams. The Mountaineers' bats would warm up in the second inning, as Stanfield and McClure each reached base, but were left on base as the next three batters recorded outs. The struggles for the Mountaineers came back after the end of the second, as Berea would only muster one more hit for the rest of the game. The Pioneers would go on to win the second game of the series 1-0 and split the doubleheader with the Mountaineers.
The offense for the Blue Crew combined for three hits and recorded no runs. Stanfield, McClure and Sartin each collected a hit for the Mountaineers. Victoria Sergent pitched all seven innings of the game, giving up eight hits and one earned run. The defense for the Mountaineers committed one error.
With the doubleheader split, the Mountaineers record moves to 5-7. Berea will return to action this Tuesday, March 31st as they visit Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH for doubleheader action. First pitch is set for 4:00 PM.