Berea, KY- The softball team returned to the diamond this afternoon a day after splitting a doubleheader against Oakland City Mighty Oaks. Today the team looked to sweep the visiting Spalding University Golden Eagles in the Berea College Sports Complex.
The teams entered the second inning in a scoreless tie as neither team mustered any offense to start the game. Berea looked like they were going to get to the bottom of the second still tied, but a Golden Eagles home run changed the score to 1-0. The deficit increased for the Mountaineers in the top of the third inning as Spalding added four more runs to the board to make the scoreboard read 5-0. Berea entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing 8-0 after the Golden Eagles added three more runs in the fifth and seventh inning. Lillian Setters began the comeback attempt for the Mountaineers with a single only to steal second shortly after. After the first out of the inning, Mercedes Stanfield hit a single which advanced Setters to third. The next batter to the plate, Kourtney Parker, reached on an error by the centerfielder, allowing Stanfield to move to third and Setters to cross home plate to make the score 8-1. A sacrifice fly by Cheyanna Johnson put the second run on the board for Berea as Stanfield scored. The comeback rally for the Mountaineers fell short though as the next batter popped up to the pitcher and the Golden Eagles took game one 8-2.
Taylor Flowers pitched all seven innings for Berea, giving up nine hits, six earned runs and not giving up a walk while striking out four batters. Lillian Setters led the offense for the Mountaineers, finishing 2-3 from the plate with one run scored and a stolen base. Johnson and Parker each finished with an RBI. The team scored two runs on seven hits.
Berea stepped to the plate in the second game of the doubleheader trailing 4-0 looking to cut into the lead. With Morgan McClure on second, Stanfield's single put an RBI on her stat line as McClure scored on the hit. The 4-1 score changed in the top of the second inning as Spalding scored seven runs to go ahead 11-1. The Mountaineers were not able to overcome the deficit and went on to fall to the Golden Eagles 20-2.
Jacquelyne Howard was the leader behind the plate for Berea, going 2-2. Stanfield and Madison Stanfield finished with an RBI each for the game. The team totaled eight hits in the game, scoring two runs on those hits. Howard was the starting pitcher for the Mountaineers in the game.