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Baron softball wins four of six in non-conference play
MOUNT VERNON – With a 10-game conference road trip looming on the horizon, the Brewton-Parker College softball team built as much momentum as possible over the last week by winning four of six games against non-conference opponents.
The week began March 13 with a doubleheader at home against Webber International. Kelli Wilson led the Barons (24-14, 4-6 SSAC) in game one with two hits, while Brittany Smiley, Brittney Euler, Courtney Payne, Lindsey Hamrick and Sarah McPherson each added hits in a 3-0 loss to the Warriors.
Meegan Wilmot pitched five innings and took the loss with Krissy Reill pitching two shutout innings in relief.
Payne’s two-run double in the sixth inning of game two helped BPC earn a split of the doubleheader, winning, 2-0. Payne and Ashley Beecher finished with two hits, while Reill, Smiley, Euler and Rachel Nutter were also productive at the plate.
Leah Bennett pitched a complete game to pick up the win.
The Barons then participated in a Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)-sponsored tournament March 15. In BPC’s first game, Beecher and Reill turned in three-hit performances. Payne added a three-run home run in the fifth inning to take the Barons to a 6-2 win over Missouri Baptist College of St. Louis, Mo. Smiley and Wilson each had two hits, with Euler also contributing a hit in the win.
Wilmot rebounded from her earlier loss to Webber International by pitching all seven innings and getting the win.
The second game of the tournament found the Barons facing Haverford College of Haverford, Pa. Despite Smiley’s game-tying home run in the seventh inning, Haverford slipped away, 5-4. Reill was the offensive leader with three hits. Smiley and Euler each had two hits, while Nutter, Wilson, Payne, Beecher, and Bridget Ingram finished with a hit.
Bennett, who started the game, left in the first inning with an injury. Reill, Wilmot, and Keena Hallman all pitched in relief of Bennett, with Wilmot picking up the loss.
The Barons’ bats exploded March 17 in a doubleheader at Fort Valley State University. Led by home runs from Beecher, Payne, and Wilson, the Barons cruised to an 11-3 win in game one. Beecher and Wilson finished with two hits each. Reill, Smiley and Hamrick also had hits in the win.
In game two, Hamrick and Smiley added to the home run parade en route to a 10-2 win over the Tigers. Beecher and Payne each finished with three hits while Nutter, Smiley, Hamrick, Michelle Clark, and Amanda Averett all had hits for the Barons.
Reill picked up the win on the mound with Hallman pitching in relief.
The team’s 10-game conference road trip began March 20 with a doubleheader at Faulkner University. The Barons play doubleheaders at Shorter College (March 23), Emmanuel College (March 24), Brenau University (March 30) and Southern Wesleyan University (March 31) before returning home April 2 for a four-game home stand against Emmanuel and Shorter.