Berea, KY- On a sunny day in the Bluegrass today, the softball team returned to the Berea College Sports Complex after a weekend road trip. The team hosted the Franklin College Grizzlies on the softball diamond looking to get some wins.
Berea found themselves trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the first inning but were unable to turn the lead in their favor as they left a runner on base to end the inning. A two run home run by the Grizzlies in the top of the second moved the score to 3-0. By the time the fourth inning rolled around, the Mountaineers were facing a 5-0 lead after a two run third inning for Franklin College. Berea did not let the deficit phase them though. The starting pitcher for the Mountaineers, Katelyn Blair, hit a single which allowed Mercedes Stanfield to score. The score changed to 5-2 when Chelsey Parson's sacrifice bunt drove in Blair. The team held the Grizzlies scoreless in the top of the fifth and used a three run home run from Kourtney Parker to tie the game at five in the bottom half of the fifth. Franklin College scored 11 runs over the last two innings and the Mountaineers would be unable to overcome it, falling in the first game 16-5.
Blair pitched the entire game on the mound for Berea, giving up 16 hits and 14 earned runs, while striking out four and walking five. Parker led the way on offense for the Mountaineers, going 2-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Also finishing with an RBI was Blair and Parsons. The team finished with eight hits total.
Franklin College started the second game off with the lead, using a three run inning to lead 3-0 after the first. Berea cut into the Grizzlies advantage in the bottom of the third, when Lillian Setters scored off a Stanfield single and Blair scored off a Morgan McClure single to make the score 3-2. The score changed again in favor of Franklin College in the top of the fourth, adding a run to make the score 4-2.The teams went scoreless until the top of the seventh, when the Grizzlies scored their fifth run of the game to give them a 5-2 advantage heading to the bottom half of the seventh. Needing three runs to extend the game, the Mountaineers were only able to add one run to their score and fell to the Grizzlies 5-3.
Stanfield led the way at the plate for Berea, going 3-3 with two RBIs. Blair also finished with an RBI. The team totaled 12 hits. Taylor Flowers pitched the complete game for the Mountaineers, allowing 10 hits, five earned runs while striking out two batters.