ROME, Ga. — It took nearly seven and a half hours, but the Berry College baseball team battled to a doubleheader sweep over Hendrix College on Friday, improving to 16-7 overall as well as 7-4 in league play.
Berry combined for 21 hits on the day and played a total of 23 innings with both games requiring extras.
GAME ONE RECAP:
- With Ben Coker earning the starting nod in game one, the Vikings jumped ahead early, leading 5-0 after the second inning.
- Hendrix was able to plate two in the top of the third, but Berry answered by scoring a pair in the fourth.
- The Warriors then rattled off five runs in the fifth inning, tying the game.
- Berry regained the lead in the sixth off a two RBI single from Quinn Smith and then added an additional run in the seventh.
- Hendrix got one back in the eight, before spoiling a save opportunity in the ninth. After two quick outs, Hendrix was able to plate two to send the game to extra innings.
- The scoreboard remained clean until the home half of the 14th inning. With Casey Whitaker standing at third, Austin Brooks sent a shot to the shortstop and was able to beat the would-be double-play, giving Whitaker a chance to score from home on the walk-off fielder’s choice.
- Berry threw seven pitchers, but Spence Johns (4-1) was credited with the win. Johns went 2.0 innings allowing no hits or runs while striking out four.
- Hayden Seay took the loss for Hendrix, going 7.2 innings, allowing a pair of runs on three hits.
GAME TWO RECAP:
- Trey Rampy (4-2) started game two and was dominant from the beginning. Eventually earning the win, Rampy tied a Berry single-game record with 16 total strikeouts in his 9.0 innings of work.
- Although threatening in the seventh with Whitaker standing at third, Berry was unable to plate a run and once again needed extra innings.
- Johns would lead off the ninth reaching on an error before moving to second on a Whitaker sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk for Jacob Delk, Quinn Smith sent a ground ball to short and, in an effort to retire Delk advancing to second, the Hendrix second baseman tossed the ball into center field, giving Johns the opportunity to score the walk-off run.
- Evan Ingram took the loss, going 8.1 innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs.
- Rampy tied Ben Jernigan’s record of 16 strikeouts in a single game set back in 2014.
- The Vikings wrap up the series with Hendrix tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. The game will also be Berry’s Alzheimer’s Charity Day.