Panthers close out regular season with doubleheader loss to Birmingham-Southern

 Shanna Brumbelow (7-6) took the loss in the first game. She pitched two innings; allowing an unearned run, a hit and a walk. Kayla Folds pitched five innings of scoreless relief. Folds gave up two hits, walked one and struck out five.

Birmingham-Southern's Ronni Ferris got the win. She held the Panthers to three hits; did not walk a batter and struck out four.

The visiting Panthers got the game's only run in the second inning. Brittany Berkopec's two-out single scored Jena Franks for the 1-0 lead.

The Panthers had a couple of scoring chances. They left runners on second and third in the third inning. In the sixth inning, the Panthers had a runner at second but could not score.

In the second game, Birmingham-Southern took advantage of four Panther errors that led to eight unearned runs.

Kristen Woodard (8-6) took the loss for the Panthers. She allowed six runs, only two earned in four innings. Danielle LaDuron pitched the final two innings, giving up seven runs, only three were earned.

The Panthers fell behind 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. Ison walked with one out and stole second. She came around to score on Katie Hein's single to make it 6-1.

The Panthers got a run in the fifth and another in the sixth. Brittany Ellisor scored as Olivia McGehee grounded out in the fifth. In the sixth, Hein singled with one out and later scored as Kayla Yeargin ground out.

Hein had all three of the Panthers' hits in the second game, going 3-for-3. Birmingham-Southern finished with 14 hits. Tori Harris got the win on the mound for the visiting Panthers and had three hits.

The Panthers open play in the GSAC Championship Tournament on Friday in Montgomery, Ala. The Panthers will be the third or fourth seed in the tournament. The Panthers are the three-time defending champion.