(Story courtesy of the University of Texas-Tyler)
TYLER, Texas - Birmingham-Southern College's Ronni Ferris pitched her second complete game within a 10-hour span Saturday as she helped lead the Panthers to 1-0 win over Redlands (Calif.) in an elimination game at the Tyler Regional of the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament. Box Score | Official Regional Site | Postgame Press Conference
Ferris scattered four hits over seven innings and struck out four Bulldog hitters to improve to 2-0 at the Tyler Regional this weekend. After giving up only one run over 14 innings Saturday, Ferris lowered her ERA to 0.76 for the tournament.
Erin Lopez knocked home the game's only run with two outs in the bottom of the first inning when she singled home Bethany Fronk. Fronk drew a one-out walk to reach base, stole second and then moved to third on Brittany Berkopec's groundout.
The Panthers advance to the loser's bracket semifinal game against host UT Tyler, which lost to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-1 on Saturday. Birmingham-Southern (36-10) and UT Tyler meet at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Birmingham-Southern's triumph over Redlands (32-13) avenged the Panthers' opening-round contest which saw the Bulldogs prevail 6-4.
Redlands pitcher Kayla Uphold did everything she could to keep the Bulldogs in the game, pitching all six innings while striking out three batters and scattering six hits. She also went 1-for-3 in the game.
Uphold took the loss in both of Redlands' setbacks Saturday despite giving up only one earned run over 14 innings. After pitching every inning of the tournament, Uphold finished with a 1-2 record and 1.02 ERA during the Tyler Regional.
Ferris allowed only one baserunner over the first four innings and at one point retired seven batters in a row. Uphold's leadoff triple to open the fifth inning broke the streak, but after getting two batters on base with one out, Ferris retired the side to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard.
Ferris, Ashley Bice, Danielle Rucker and Joanna Jernigan all collected base hits in the game for the Panthers. Freshman shortstop Linda Park went 2-for-3 for Redlands.