Berea, KY- The softball team returned to the Berea College Sports Complex this afternoon as the host to the visiting Mighty Oaks of Oakland City University. The guests from Oakland City, IN came to face the Mountaineers in a doubleheader action.
Berea finished the top half of the first inning clean, not allowing a run to leave the game in a scoreless tie. The scored changed to 1-0 in favor of the Mountaineers when Hannah Carter scored on an error by the third baseman. The scoreboard stayed the same through the second inning, as neither team could bring runners in to score. Berea moved ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning when Morgan McClure blasted a ball over the fence which resulted in two runs scoring. Later in the inning, Cheyanna Johnson's RBI double gave the team a four run lead as the teams headed to the fourth inning.
After a quick fourth inning, the Mighty Oaks added their first run of the game in the fifth inning, but would not be able to add any more runs. McClure's second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth moved the Mountaineer's lead back out to four again, as the teams headed to the sixth inning with a score of 5-1. In the bottom of the sixth, Berea added two more runs to the board, as Carter crossed home plate for a second time, along with Chelsey Parson and the defense held Oakland City off the board once again, to win the first game 7-1.
McClure led the way on the offensive end for the Mountaineers, finishing 2-4 from the plate, with a home run and two RBIs. The team scored seven runs on eight hits, with RBIs also coming from Carter, Johnson and Kourtney Parker. On the mound for Berea was Taylor Flowers, pitching a complete game, allowing an earned run, walking two batters while striking out two.
Oakland City opened the second game with a seven run first inning, giving them a 7-0 lead after a scoreless second inning. The deficit moved to 9-0 as the Mountaineers entered the bottom of the third but Mercedes Stanfield's double resulted in three runs scored, making the score 9-3. The lead changed again though, as the Mighty Oaks added three more runs to the board in the bottom of the fourth to take a nine run advantage, 12-3. The deficit changed to seven runs when Parsons and Flowers crossed the dish, cutting the score to 12-5. McClure's two RBI double in the bottom of the sixth made Berea need just five runs to extend the game into extra innings as the teams entered the seventh inning with a score of 12-7. The momentum was short lived though as Oakland City extended their lead in the top of the seventh with three more runs and the Mountaineers could not finish the comeback, as they fell 15-7 to split the doubleheader.
Jacquelyne Howard was on the mound for Berea, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up 17 hits, 10 runs and walking three batters while striking out four. Stanfield led the way at the plate, going 2-4 with three RBIs. The team as a whole collected 14 hits while scoring seven runs.