The BSC softball team won two games against Alice Lloyd College on Sunday, April 22nd, on the day they honored their lone senior, Emily Day. The Big Blues would take game one 8-6 before completing the sweep with a 12-7 win in game two.
In game one, Alice Lloyd would take an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after a leadoff single and a two-run homerun off the bat of McKenzie Brewer. BSC responded with two runs in the home half of the inning off an RBI double by Jessi Foster and a RBI single by Lexi Carter. Alice Lloyd scored one run in the top of the second to retake the lead 3-2 but that would be the last lead the team saw in game one. Foster then paced the way for the Big Blues the remainder of the game. She homered in the bottom of the second, collecting 3 RBI's before hitting a solo homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning, collecting another RBI. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Ashley Rasnake collected a RBI on a single that scored Sydney Coleman. Alice Lloyd would put up three runs in the top of the seventh inning but still fell short of BSC's total 8 runs.
Alice Lloyd's top three batters paced the way as Alexis Napier went 3-4, Brewer went 2-3 with 3 RBI's, and Sam Sturgill went 2-4. For Bluefield State, Foster finished the game going 3-4 with 5 RBI's. Coleman went 4-4 at the plate, while Rasnake, Lyndsay Hatfield, and Carter each finished with 2 hits and a RBI. Senior, Emily Day, completed the game in the circle, pitching seven complete innings, giving up 6 runs on 10 hits, while only allowing 1 walk and striking out 2.
In game two, both teams would be held scoreless until the third inning. The Big Blues would score 4 runs in the bottom of the third, 5 runs in the bottom of the fifth, and 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth. Alice Lloyd would post 3 runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, and would add another run in the seventh but BSC would outlast the late effort to win the game 12-7. For Alice Lloyd, Morgan Albury and Emlee Adams had 3 RBI's apiece to account for 6 of the teams' 7 runs. For Bluefield State, eight of the nine batters in the lineup would finish with at least one RBI. Coleman once again went perfect at the plate, going 3-3 with 1 RBI. Rasnake, Foster, and Lauryn Hatfield would each finish the game with 2 RBI's. In the circle, Lexi Carter went the distance, throwing 7 complete innings, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, allowing no walks, and striking out 3.