The softball team returned to action after splitting a doubleheader against Point Park University this past Sunday as they traveled to Cincinnati, OH to take on Mount St. Joseph University.
Game 1- The game got off to a rocky start for the Mountaineers. The struggle of the bats for Berea continued in this game, as Berea's first three batters recorded outs. Mount St. Joseph opened the bottom of the first putting four runs on the board to take a 4-0 lead at the end of the first inning. The Mountaineers responded in the second inning when with two outs, Katelyn Blair hit a double to right field which brought home Sarah Haycraft to make the score 4-1. Berea was unable to add more runs to the board as two runners were left on base. Mount St. Joseph added another run in the bottom of the second to make the score 5-1 heading into the third inning. The Mountaineers would record only two more hits the rest of the game and the Mount St. Joseph would use a seven run inning to win the game 12-1.
The offense for Berea scored one run off of three hits and was led by Blair, who went 2-2 with one RBI. The defense for the Mountaineers recorded four errors. Blair pitched the entire game on the mound, giving up 13 hits, 12 runs (six earned), walked three batters and struck out five.
Game 2- The Mountaineers got off to a fast start in the second game of the doubleheader. In the top of the second inning, Berea took a 2-0 lead off Sarah Haycraft's two RBI double to center field. The Mountaineers would carry the lead until the bottom of the third inning when Mount St. Joseph used two throwing errors by Berea to score three runs. Mount St. Joseph added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the lead 4-2. In the top of the sixth, Morgan McClure stepped up to the plate with two outs and hit her second home run of the season, bringing in two runs to tie the game at 4-4. In the seventh inning, neither team could muster a run to win the game, meaning the game was going to extra innings. In the top of eighth, the Mountaineers' offense could not score a run to take the lead. Berea looked like they were going to make it out of the eighth inning without allowing a run, moving the game to a ninth inning until a fielding error allowed a runner for Mount St. Joseph to score, giving the Lions the win 5-4.
Victoria Sergent went the distance for the Mountaineers, only allowing two hits and five runs (no earned), walked seven batters and struck out 11 batters. The defense for Berea committed four errors. Morgan McClure led the Blue Crew offense, going 2-3 with one home run and two RBIs. The offense for the Mountaineers combined for five hits, scoring four runs.
Berea will return to the field this Friday, April 3rd as Franklin College comes to town to play in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 12:00 PM at the Berea College Sports Complex.