Visiting Berry College claimed both games from LaGrange, 10-0 and 7-4, in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore right fielder Courtney Beshel came alive offensively in game two for the Panthers.
The LaGrange bats were quiet in the first game. Third baseman Laura Webber recorded the team's first hit, to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning, with a single to right center. Designated player Christy Flick followed suit with an encore hit to the right side. With on two runners on, second baseman Hannah Patterson reached on a fielder's choice. The LaGrange inning was cut short ending in a double play, resulting in an early finish to game one.
The Panthers found a renewed energy midway through game two.
With the score locked at zeros for both teams in the top of the fifth inning, the Vikings struck first with a 2-0 lead and later added two runs in the sixth. LaGrange answered in the bottom of the sixth as right fielder Courtney Beshel led off with her second double of the game. Shortstop Danielle Newbern reached on an error, advancing Beshel to third. First baseman Megan Wing earned her first RBI of the season, knocking in Beshel, as she grounded out to the shortstop. With Newbern in scoring position, second baseman Hannah Patterson knocked in another run with a single to center field. The inning ended with back-to-back groundouts to second base.
With Berry adding three runs in the top of the seventh, the Panthers battled hard to fight back by adding two runs of their own. Third baseman Emmie Trull led off the inning with a lead off single to left center, followed up with a double by center fielder Kelsey Burgering, giving LaGrange two runners on with no outs. Webber grounded out to right field, scoring Trull and advancing Burgering to third. Beshel grounded out to the shortstop, but was able to knock in Burgering. The Panther charge fell short as a ground out ended the game.
Senior Kayla Folds pitched five innings in game two, allowing three earned runs and striking out two batters, before being relieved by Flick.
LaGrange returns to action on Sunday, March 18, as it hosts visiting Great South Athletic Conference opponent, Salem in a doubleheader, with game times set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.