The softball team, seeded #8 in the USCAA Softball National Championship, returned to the field after more than a week off and did not skip a beat. The team opened the tournament at Firestone Stadium in Akron, OH playing #9 seeded Penn State Schuylkill in a match up that on paper was going to be PSU-Schuylkill hitting vs. the pitching of Berea. The pitching of the Blue Crew, along with the high powered offense, made quick work of the Lady Lions by winning 11-0 in five innings.
Hannah Carter started the scoring for Berea by hitting a triple Allie Newton scored on. Mercedes Stanfield brought Carter to home base as the first inning ended with Berea leading 2-0. After a quick second inning where neither team produced any offense, the Mountaineers struck in the bottom of the third after Victoria Sergent collected her eighth strike out of the game to end the top of the third inning. Newton started the inning off with a triple, followed by Carter reaching base on a walk. Newton made it home to add the third run of the game off a Kari Kviten single. Carter and Kviten advanced to second and third, respectively, off a wild pitch. The next batter, Stanfield, reached base on a walk, making the bases loaded with one out in the inning and Morgan McClure coming up the plate. McClure unloaded two of the bases as she hit a single, bringing in Carter and Kviten to add two more runs and make the score 5-0. Stanfield made it back to home base off a Katelyn Blair double to make the score 6-0 before Sergent singled to bring in McClure and Blair to cap off a six run inning and make the score 8-0. After Sergent collected her 11th strike out of the game in the top of the fourth inning, the Berea offense added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, with Kviten adding her second RBI of the game off a Newton score, McClure adding her third RBI of the game off a Carter score and Kviten scoring off a RBI Sac fly by Sarah Haycraft.
Sergent finished the game with a season-high 13 strike outs, pitching all five inning for the Mountaineers. Sergent only gave up one hit, gave up no runs and walked three batters. The offense, led by McClure's 3 RBIs, totaled nine hits and scored 11 runs. Six of Berea's nine batters collected a RBI in this game.
Berea returns to the field later this afternoon as they play the #1 seeded Saint Mary-of-the-Wood College. The first pitch of this game is scheduled for 6:00 PM.