Maryville, TN- Softball's weekend trip continued in Maryville, TN as the team competed in the second day of the Maryville College Invitational. Berea once again faced the Centre College Colonels and future USA South Athletic Conference opponent the Maryville College Scots.
In the first game, the Mountaineers faced Centre College as the visitors on the scoreboard, meaning they batted first. The opening three batters for Berea recorded outs and in the bottom half of the first inning, the Colonels scored three runs, making the Mountaineers trail 3-0 after the first. Berea had some hope of cutting the deficit they faced with one out in the second inning as Abby Nash doubled to center field to get to second base. The next batter though hit into a double play, ending the hopes to put a run on the board. Kourtney Parker's double down the right field line got her to second base but she was stranded on base as the next batter popped up to end the top half of the fourth, the Mountaineers trailing 15-0 after a 12 run second inning for Centre broke the game open. Mercedes Stanfield recorded a hit in the fifth inning but Berea went on to fall 21-0 in five innings to the Colonels. Parker and Nash each finished 1-2 from the plate while Stanfield finishing 1-1 from the batters box.
Through the first two innings of the second game against the host Maryville College, the story was pitching, as neither team produced offense. Markiara Smith, the starting pitcher for the Mountaineers, had a perfect game through the first two innings before a five run inning in the third ended it. Entering the fourth inning trailing by five runs, Lillian Setters recorded a RBI single when Parker scored, making the score 5-1. After advancing to third on Setter's single, Stanfield accomplished the rare feat of stealing home to cut the lead to three, 5-2. Berea held the Scots scoreless in the bottom of the fourth as Smith began the top of the fifth inning with a single. Smith was replaced with pinch runner Melissa Garcia-Maldonado who moved to third base when Madison Stanfield hit a double to center field. Parker's single to right center field allowed the Mountaineers to put two more runs on the board as Stanfield and Garcia-Maldonado both scored, giving Parker two RBIs on the hit and making the game a one run game, 5-4.
Looking to tie the game after a scoreless fifth inning by Maryville, Me. Stanfield began the sixth inning with a single to get to first base. Stanfield advanced to second base via Setter's sacrifice bunt but was left in scoring position as the next two batters recorded outs. After three runs by the Scots in the bottom of the sixth, Berea was unable to score the runs needed to extend the game and fell 8-4 in their final game of the weekend. Parker finished the game 1-1 with two RBIs, a run scored and two walks. The team scored four runs on five hits.
Berea (0-4) opens the home portion of their schedule at the Berea College Sports Complex on Saturday. The team is scheduled to play a doubleheader against Franklin College, as they search for their first win. Action on the diamond is set to begin at 1:00 PM with the second game slated to start at 3:00 PM.