April 22, 2012

Vikings Sweep GSAC Champs In Season Finale

Berry pitcher Caillee Shamoun tossed a two-hit shutout in the opening game of a doubleheader at Huntingdon, helping the Vikings defeat the Great South Athletic Conference regular season champion Hawks 5-0 and set up a season-ending sweep. Berry handed Huntingdon a 4-3 eight-inning loss in the finale.

In the first game, Berry wasted little time putting runs on the scoreboard, as Lacey Herring and Krista Woody delivered back-to-back RBIs with two outs in the first inning to put the Vikings ahead 2-0.

Three innings later, Holly Todd would give Berry a three-run lead with an RBI single that scored Katie Stanford.

Stanford would cross the plate again in the sixth on Jessica Washington's groundout, just before Lindsey Campbell sprinted home on a wild pitch to complete the scoring.

Woody, Stanford, Campbell and Denice Aleman all had two hits for the Vikings in the opener. Berry tallied 12 total hits in the game.

Meanwhile, Shamoun (18-5) was cruising in the pitcher's circle. She allowed just a pair of singles, to Aleah Payne in the first inning and to Gabby Alcantar in the third.

Shamoun struck out four batters and walked three in the complete game effort.

Huntingdon starter Melissa McClure took the loss, allowing all five Berry runs in five innings.

In the second game, Huntingdon was the team that took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, scoring its first run on an error and the second on Bree Giordana's groundout.

But the Vikings would tie the score in the fourth inning, thanks to Campbell's two-run double down the left field line that scored Aleman and Kristen Stoll.

The 2-2 score would hold through the end of the seventh inning, sending the game into an extra inning.

Woody, playing in her final collegiate game, would become the hero, delivering a two-run double down the left field line that scored Herring and Stoll and put the Vikings ahead 4-2.

Huntingdon made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth, pulling to within a run when Alcantar delivered an RBI single. Alcantar would eventually reach third base, but was stranded when Payne flied out to right field to end the ballgame.

Along with a pair of runs batted in from both Campbell and Woody, Berry's offense was led by Stoll, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Alcantary was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for the Hawks.

Vikings' hurler Andrea Cole (7-6) was stellar, going the distance while allowing three unearned runs on just three hits. She fanned three batters and walked one.

Giordana was tagged with the loss. She allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in eight innings. Giordana struck out seven batters and walked four.

The sweep allowed Berry to end the season with a program-best 25-11 overall record and on a three-game winning streak.

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