Berry scored in all but one inning that it batted, earning a 16-4 run-rule victory over Millsaps to close a Southern Athletic Association baseball series Friday afternoon at William R. Bowdoin Field.
The Vikings (13-18, 7-8) won an SAA series for the second time this season, moving into fifth in the league standings with two more three-game sets to go before the SAA Championships. After dropping game one of the series on a run in the ninth, the Vikings outscored the Majors 28-6 over the next 14 innings to take the series.
Berry had help in the rubber match from the Majors’ defense as the guests committed six errors. After taking a 2-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Wesley Maxey and an RBI knock from John D’Amelio, two errors led to five unearned runs for the Vikings in the second. The first error helped BC to load the bases for a sacrifice fly off the bat of Nick Brunswick to tie the game,. 3-3. Andre Pendleton would come through with another sac fly two batters later to give Berry the lead for good, 4-3. A fielding error loaded the bases for the Vikings, with D’Amelio getting his second RBI of the game one batter later to push the advantage up to two. The scoring was capped in the inning on a two-run single through the left side from Levi Cloud to make it 7-3.
Millsaps (16-17, 7-8) scored its final run of the game in the third to trim the lead to three. Berry matched the run in the bottom half when Riley Uhls put the ball in play and reached on an error to score John Poist. Uhls would get credit for an RBI in his next at bat as he singled to score Poist in the fifth.
The game would come to an early end thanks to a seven-spot in the sixth from Berry. Cloud would get his seventh RBI in two games with a double to left to plate Maxey for a 10-4 lead. Later, Lang picked up a pair of RBI with a shot through the right side of the infield to score D’Amelio and Cloud. Pinch hitter Wesley Wade gave Berry a baker’s dozen in the run column with a single to left, then Brunswick added the 14th run of the game as he reached on an RBI fielder’s choice that was coupled with another Millsaps error. Uhls completed the scoring with a two-run single to give Berry a 12-run margin of victory.
Jackson Halla picked up the win for BC with four runs allowed in six innings. Koby Dunn’s worked a scoreless seventh to finish the game off early.
With Tuesday’s scheduled game scrubbed due to Covenant needing to make up conference games during the week, the Vikings will be back in action for the final SAA regular season home series of the year next Friday against Hendrix. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.