LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Improving to a national-best 21-1 on the season, the Berry College softball team remains the No. 1 ranked team in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll, receiving all eight first-place votes.
The Vikings surrendered their first loss of the year 2-1 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last Tuesday, while rounding out their spring break tour with five additional shut-out wins, three of which were run-rule victories. On the year, Berry is batting .375 as a team, scoring 182 runs in just 22 games.
The top-ranked Vikings have allowed a mere 24 runs on the entire season, run-ruling 12 opponents along the way. Sarah Moore, Brittany Tuttle and Brittany Ferrell continue to lead the Vikings offensively, each batting well over .375.
Moore leads the conference and the team with a .482 batting average, adding 27 hits and 24 RBIs on the season. Tuttle sits in second and third, respectively, on both the team and in the conference in batting average, hitting .462 at the plate. Tuttle also ranks first in the conference in steals and runs, with 23 and 30, respectively, on the year, remaining an avid threat on the base paths. Ferrell is batting .386 in the lead-off spot for the Vikings as well, adding 27 runs and 14 walks on the season.
Marie Collop sits in second in the conference in RBIs, with 29, as well as first in the conference in ERA in the circle at 0.84, leading the way both offensively and defensively for Berry. Collop is batting .367 on the season with 22 hits, while maintaining a 7-1 record for Berry. She has tossed 41.2 innings, nearly double any other season in her Viking career, striking out 39 batters, while allowing only 17 hits on the entire season.
Kassie Howard also remains a threat in the circle for Berry, leading the conference in wins on the season (9), while also ranking second and third, respectively, in ERA (1.07) and strikeouts (75) as well. Howard has tossed 59 innings for Berry, allowing only 25 hits and nine earned runs on the year. She also averages 8.9 strikeouts per seven innings of work for the Vikings.
With 12 top-five rankings in the conference, as well as the top ranking in the nation, the Berry College softball team is off to an impressive 21-1 and 6-0 start, looking to add two additional wins as they take on Wesleyan (Ga.) this afternoon. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
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