Lady Barons reach 20-win mark with sweep at classic

The Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons softball team reached the 20-win mark with a four-game sweep Friday and Saturday in the Caruso's Classic at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega.

The Lady Barons (20-4) opened play in the classic with two decisive victories, 13-2 over North Greenville College (S.C.) and 12-0 over Shorter College.

Brewton-Parker found its Saturday rematch against North Greenville a tough outing, with the Crusaders playing much stronger, but the Lady Barons again won 2-1 and then defeated Emmanuel College 6-1 to complete the sweep.

"Everybody played well and our pitchers threw well," said Brewton-Parker coach Jason Bryant, whose team matched the 2000 Lady Barons' 20 wins against 23 losses. "North Greenville is a really good team, but it was just that we played really well in the first game and they didn't."

Bryant pointed out senior Alissa Vogt and freshmen Rachel Harper, April Meeks and Ashley Todd were strong offensive contributors in Friday's win over North Greenville, in which senior Lyndsay Gomme (6-2) claimed the first of her two pitching victories of the weekend.

Junior Kelly Hamilton won against Shorter and Emmanuel to improve to 6-2 as well.

Bryant highlighted Kendra Sewell's hit that led to her score as key in the North Greenville rematch as well as senior Ali Furgala's overall play.

"Again, everybody played well and everybody got to play," Bryant said. "We are doing pretty well now."

After a Tuesday doubleheader at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla., the Lady Barons have two Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference doubleheaders at home this weekend. They will play North Georgia at 2 p.m. Friday and Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.) beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.