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BPC Softball drops three of four at home
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON—Despite an incredible comeback win in the first game of their four-game home stand, the Brewton-Parker College softball team lost three of the four conference games over the weekend.
In game one of Friday’s doubleheader against Emmanuel College, the Barons (29-23, 9-15 SSAC) found themselves trailing 14-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. BPC scored eight runs in that inning – thanks to clutch hitting – and escaped with the win, 15-14. Britney Smiley and Racheal Nutter led the way with four hits. Ashley Beecher finished with three, while Sarah McPherson, Lindsay Hamrick, Kelli Wilson, Bridget Ingram, Krissy Reill and Courtney Payne were all contributors at the plate.
Relief pitcher Keena Hallman got the win on the mound. She and Reill pitched in relief of starter Meegan Wilmot.
Despite continued offensive production from Ingram, Beecher, Smiley, Wilson and Reill, Emmanuel College managed to earn a split in the doubleheader by winning the second game, 8-2. Leah Bennett picked up the loss on the mound.
Hoping to make an impact on the conference and the nation, BPC hosted No. 7 Shorter College for a Senior Day doubleheader on Saturday. Head coach Jason Bryant honored Alease Connell, Hallman and Hamrick for their contributions to BPC softball.
“Our seniors have been a blessing to this team as well as to the institution,” Bryant said. “(They) will be missed very much not only on the field, where they have left a lasting impression, but off the field as well and in the classroom.”
The Barons couldn’t overcome a slow start offensively in both games against Shorter and were swept, 9-1 and 8-5. Ingram’s lead off single provided the Barons’ only offensive spark of the first game. Wilmot took the loss on the mound.
Led by Payne’s three hits in game two, BPC couldn’t earn a split in the doubleheader. Smiley and Wilson each had two hits, while Bennett and Nutter both finished with a hit. Bennett was the losing pitcher.
The Barons learned this week that Britney Euler was lost for the remainder of the season due to injury. Bryant acknowledged his team has been bitten by the injury bug all year (Euler, Connell and Katherine Christian) but knows what changes need to be made in order for the team to be successful in the final four regular season games.
“We will have to be more defensive minded and add speed to the lineup,” he said. “We have young ladies (who can) jump in and keep us going this year.”
BPC closes out the regular season on the road with doubleheaders against No. 11 Lee University (April 13) and Reinhardt College (April 14).