ATLANTA — The Berry College softball team earned a 9-1 run-rule victory over the Lynchburg Hornets on Friday afternoon to open play in the 2018 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament.
The Vikings advance to tomorrow's winner's bracket semifinal game against the winner of Emory University and Maryville College. First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m. on the campus of Emory University.
Kassie Howard earned the start, tossing a near-perfect game for 4.0 innings allowing no hits and striking out five.
Berry's offense wasted no time in the first inning, loading the bases after a pair of singles and a walk. Elisabeth Federici then nearly hit a grand slam to left center, but an unkind bounce off the top of the Cooper Field fence resulted in a lengthy single to give Berry an early 1-0 advantage.
Federici added an RBI double in the second, bringing home Bayleigh Masterson who reached on a single. In the third inning, Kylie Aiken hit a 2-RBI double to center, scoring Kayla Sangrey and Genna Telschow to push the lead to 8-0.
Whittemore added another RBI in the home half of the fourth, giving Berry a 9-0 cushion. Meredith Holland was brought in to close the game in the fifth, allowing just a single run off two hits to secure the run-rule win.
- Brittany Tuttle: 2-for-3, R
- Kylie Aiken: 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI
- Elisabeth Federici: 2-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBI
- Brooke Whittemore: 2-for-3, R, 4 RBI
- Kassie Howard: W (23-1), 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K
- The Vikings will play tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at Cooper Field against the winner of Emory and Maryville.