Berwick alums Bergeron, Lipari meet as Louisiana College sweep Millsaps
After a doubleheader sweep to start the season Friday, the Louisiana College softball team added two more wins Saturday, sweeping Millsaps with a walk-off 7-6 win in game one and a 6-2 victory in game two.
Double digit hits in all four games of the weekend helped carry the Wildcats to a 4-0 start to the season.
After a scoreless first, the Wildcats got on the board first on a Millsaps miscue at the plate as Sami Walters raced home on a passed ball after her two-out triple put her 60-feet away.
A second straight 1-2-3 inning for starting pitcher Cameron Crochet got the Wildcat offense back to the plate with the chance to extend their lead.
Jade Brady delivered again with an RBI single to center and ended up at third thanks to an error in the outfield. She scored on another error as Shaye Tredinich put the ball in play but was mishandled at short. Another Walters extra base hit made it 4-0 Wildcats after three innings.
Trailing 4-0 in the top of the fifth, Lindsey Osbon started the inning with a walk for Millsaps and then moved to second on Berwick High alum Jordan Lipari’s single up the middle. Mackenzie Johnson loaded the bases with a bunt single before Emily Cook walked, scoring Osbon. After a strikeout, Leslie Norris reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Lipari and keeping the bases loaded. After another strikeout, Karlie Galloway doubled to left field, clearing the bases and giving Millsaps a 5-4 lead.
The lead wouldn’t stay in the Majors’ hands long as the Wildcats tied things in the bottom of the inning on a Tredinich RBI ground out.
Both teams added a run in the sixth. Osbon singled, Lipari sacrificed her to second before Osbon scored on an error to put the Majors back ahead 6-5.
In the bottom of the sixth, Louisiana College senior Shelby Bergeron, a Berwick High alum, brought in Alyssa Ross on a sacrifice bunt in the inning. Relief pitcher Sarah Gartman struck out the side in the seventh, keeping things tied at six headed into the bottom of the inning.
After Amber Funderburk got two ground outs to start the inning, Samantha Cetta drove a ball into the left centerfield gap for a double to put the winning run in scoring position. Walters came through again for the Wildcats with a base hit up the middle, brining pinch runner Bre Newman racing around third for the winning run.
Walters finished a home run shy of the cycle with three hits and two RBIs, while Brady added two more hits and another RBI.
Galloway, who was 3-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, led the Majors. Osbon and Kendall Carder each had two hits, while Norris and Cook each drove in a run. Bergeron finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run.
Funderburk suffered the loss after tossing the final 1.2 innings. She surrendered two runs on four hits. Starter Karley Williams went four innings and surrendered two earned runs on seven hits while striking out two.
Lipari finished 1-for-2 with a run.
With the momentum of the walk-off win on their side, the Wildcats wasted no time scoring in the second game. A walk and steal of second put speedster Briley Johnston in scoring position in the first, allowing Kaitlyn Moore to drive her in to put Louisiana College up 1-0.
The Wildcats broke things open a bit in the third as Abby Sterling and Brady hit back-to-back homeruns to start the inning and put Louisiana College up 3-0. An Alyssa Ross RBI single later in the frame made it 4-0 after three innings.
Millsaps cut the lead in half in the next half inning with a two-out rally after Brady struck out the first two batters. Osbon and Lipari scored on wild pitches to pull the Majors within 4-2.
The final two Louisiana College runs came in the sixth as the Wildcats aggressive running game scored a run on a bunt single and a throwing error by the catcher. Crochet struck out the side in the seventh to complete the win for Brady and pick up the three-inning save.
Osbon led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with a run.
Millsaps starter Shauna Blady suffered the loss after surrendering three earned runs on five hits in 2.1 innings. She also had three walks and two strikeouts. Caitlin Adkins finished the final 3.1 innings, surrendering just one run.
Sunday, Millsaps defeated Centenary College 12-6 and 9-1.
Lipari finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, five RBIs and a run in 12-6 win and recorded an RBI in the 9-1 win.
Millsaps will open its home schedule this weekend with a Sunday doubleheader against Huntingdon College. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Friday, Louisiana College swept a doubleheader from Schreiner University by scores of 8-2 and 17-9.
Bergeron finished 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs in the 8-2 victory, and she was 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs, three runs and two stolen bases in the 17-9 victory.
The Wildcats’ next series is not until Feb. 22 as they open ASC play at Howard Payne.