Berea, KY- The softball team returned home this weekend to say farewell to the seniors on Senior Day, hosting the Cougars of the University of Cincinnati-Clermont of the USCAA. The team looked to extend their two-game winning streak to four with a doubleheader sweep.
Berea made quick work of the batters in the top of the first off of strong pitching from senior Katelyn Blair, causing a fly out, ground out and striking a batter out. Kourtney Parker helped the offense get off to a fast start for the Mountaineers as she hit a ball over the fence to put the first run on the board. Blair aided her pitching effort with an RBI single which scored Mercedes Stanfield to make the score 2-0 as the first inning ended.
The bats for Berea stayed hot in the bottom half of the second inning as Lillian Setters' RBI single began what was a five run inning for the Mountaineers, scoring Chelsey Parsons. Senior Taylor Flowers scored the fourth run of the game for Berea off a Hannah Carter double. An error on a Cougars' infielder allowed Setters and Carter to score the third and fourth run of the inning, making the score 6-0. Stanfield scored her second run of the game off senior Morgan McClure's ground out to head to the third inning with a 7-0 advantage. Parson's first home run of her college career gave Berea the eighth run they needed to mercy rule the game, as the Mountaineers took the first game of the doubleheader 8-0 in five innings.
Blair went the distance on the mound for Berea, giving up three hits while striking out three batters and walking one. Parsons led the way behind the plate for the Mountaineers, finishing 2-2 with a home run and one RBI.
Berea started off the scoring in the second game, as Parker's fly out to center scored Carter, but in a game that was more closely contested compared to the first, Clermont tied the score at one in the bottom half of the first inning. As the teams entered the bottom of the sixth inning, the scoreboard read 3-1 in favor of the Cougars. The score became tied though with an RBI from senior Cheyanna Johnson and an RBI from Parsons. A two-run home run by Clermont sent Berea into the bottom half of the deciding seventh inning needing two runs to extend the game or three to win the game in walk-off fashion. With the bases loaded, McClure reached based on an error by a Cougars' infielder, which scored the two runs needed to extend the game to extra innings. Johnson's second RBI of the game brought in the winning run of the game, as the Mountaineers won the second game in thrilling fashion 6-5 to sweep Clermont.
Stanfield led the way at the plate for Berea, going 2-4 with two runs scored. Seniors McClure and Johnson tied for the RBI lead with two each. Flowers pitched the complete game for the Mountaineers, giving up 10 hits and four earned runs while striking out three batters.
Berea takes their final road trip of the regular season as they travel to Montgomery, WV next Sunday, April 24th. The scheduled doubleheader against West Virginia Institute of Technology is slated to begin with first pitch at 1:00 PM.