The softball team played four games in two days and was victorious in all four, with two of the wins coming in five innings. They played a doubleheader this past Tuesday against Midway College and followed that up on Wednesday by playing a doubleheader in Wilmore, KY against Asbury University.
In game one against Midway College, both teams got off to a slow start, as there was only three hits between the two through top of the third inning. In the bottom of the third inning, Berea's first run of the game would come on board as Allie Newton crossed home plate from a sacrifice fly from Hannah Carter. The scoring continued for the Mountaineers as Morgan McClure brought Kari Kviten home with her triple down the left field line. The Mountaineers struck again in the bottom of the fifth, adding three more runs to the board to make the lead 5-0. The sixth run of the game was added in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Mountaineers held Midway scoreless and win the game 6-0.
Katelyn Blair pitched the entire game for the Blue Crew, giving up five hits, no runs, walking one batter and striking out 7. The offense combined for 10 hits, led by McClure, who was 3-4 with a double and 2 RBIs.
In the second game, the Mountaineers made short work of Midway. Newton added the first run in the bottom of the first inning off a throw to try to stop a stolen base by Courtney Sartin. The gut punch to Midway by the Mountaineers came in the bottom of the third and fourth innings. After Newton and Sartin scored on a Kviten single and Kviten scored on a Stanfield single, McClure stepped up to the plate and hit a two run home run to extend the lead to 6-0. In the bottom of the fourth, the scoring entourage continued as the Mountaineers added five more runs to make the lead 11-0. Midway could not put any runs on the board to extend the game past the fifth inning and Berea took the second game of the doubleheader 11-0 in five innings.
McClure led the offense for the Blue Crew as she went 2-3, with one HR and two RBIs. The offense as a whole combined for 11 hits and scored 11 runs. Victoria Sergent pitched a 1-hitter, going all five innings, allowing no runs, walking three batters and striking out five batters.
In the first game against Asbury University, the Mountaineers got off to a quick start as they scored the first run of the game off a Stanfield single. Asbury struck back though in the bottom of the second inning, putting two runs on the board to take a 2-1 lead. At the end of the fourth inning, after McClure hit a three run home run in the top of the inning to give Berea 3 more runs and Asbury scored 2 runs in the bottom of the inning, the game was tied at 4-4. In the top of the fifth inning though, the deciding run was put on the board. With Kviten on third base, Blair stepped up to the plate and hit a single to bring Kviten to home plate to record the fifth run of the game for the Mountaineers and Blair's pitching combined with Berea's defense finished the game as the Blue Crew took game one 5-4.
The offense for the Mountaineers scored five runs on seven hits, led by McClure, who went 1-3, hitting her second home run in two games, her fifth of the season, and adding three RBIs. Blair went the distance for Berea, giving up four runs on eight hits, walking two batters and striking out two batters.
In game two against the Eagles, the Mountaineers started the game hot, as their first seven batters reached base. Berea scored four runs in the first inning, as Newton, Carter, Kviten and Stanfield came across home plate. The Mountaineers had seven of their 13 total hits in the first inning. After a quick 1-2-3 out bottom of the first, Berea struck again in the top of the second. With no outs and a runner on first and third base, Kviten hit her third home run of the season, bringing three runs to the board. McClure added her team leading 23rd RBI of the season when she brought Stanfield in to add a fourth run in the inning and that would be all the team needed. The team, along with the pitching of Sergent, did not allow any hits or any runs and the Mountaineers went on to the win the game 8-0 in five innings.
Sergent pitched a complete game, pitching all five innings and only allowing three hits, no runs, walking two batters and striking out seven batters. Kviten led the offense for Berea, going 2-3 with one double, a home run and 4 RBIs. The Mountaineers as a whole scored eight runs on 13 hits.
Berea will be taking a road trip for their last games of the season, as their next six games are on the road. The trip starts with a visit to Grayson, KY to take on Kentucky Christian University and Hiwasse College, with game times scheduled to start at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM on Friday, April 24th. The road trip continues Saturday, April 25th as the team travels to Oakland City, IN to face Oakland City Indiana in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM. The final part of the road trip comes Sunday, April 26th, as they face #9 University of Cincinnati-Clermont in Batavia, OH. This series could determine the chances #11 Berea gets an at-large bid to the USCAA Softball National Championship. The pivotal doubleheader is scheduled to take place at 1:00 PM.