Softball Wins Fourth Straight SAA Tournament Title

Softball Wins Fourth Straight SAA Tournament Title

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Berry College softball team secured its fourth consecutive SAA Tournament title and trip to the NCAA Playoffs on Saturday after a 10-1 run-rule victory over the Rhodes College Lynx. 

With the win, Berry improves to 36-4 overall and will now await their opponent for the opening round of NCAA Regionals. More details will follow in the coming days.

After a scoreless opening frame, Berry was able to score in the top of the second inning off a sacrifice fly from Genna Telschow. The Vikings then blew the game open in the third, scoring seven runs off four extra-base hits. Elisabeth Federici opened scoring in the inning with a two-run homer to left before Katlin Seger sent a three-run shot over the left field wall, giving Berry a 6-0 lead. Genna Telschow then hit an RBI double before Brittany Tuttle sent an RBI triple to left center, giving Berry a 8-0 lead heading to the fourth. 

Shelby Daniel earned an RBI off a sacrifice fly, giving Berry a 9-0 advantage. Starting pitcher Makenzie Flynt held a perfect game through 3.2 innings, allowing her lone hit of the day in the bottom of the fourth. Rhodes would score in the inning, but Berry scored on an error in the fifth to secure the 10-1 final.

Berry's Brooke Whittemore, Genna Telschow, Brittany Tuttle and Kassie Howard were all named to the All-Tournament Team. Howard was selected as the tournament MVP. 

BERRY STANDOUTS:

  • Bayleigh Masterson: 2-for-2, 2 R
  • Elisabeth Federici: 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI, HR
  • Brooke Whittemore: 2-for-3, 2 R
  • Katlin Seger: 1-for-3, R, 3 RBI, HR
  • Makenzie Flynt: 5.0 IP, W (7-2), 1 H, 1 R, 5 K

RHODES STANDOUTS:

  • Kendall Henry: 1-for-2

NOTABLES:

  • Federici broke the Berry single-season home runs record with her 11th home run of the year.