Softball cruises to sweep of Berry in season-opening twin bill

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Jessica Womble went 3-for-4 with a home run in game two as Shorter swept Berry on Wednesday

Jessica Womble went 3-for-4 with a home run in game two as Shorter swept Berry on Wednesday

Feb. 17, 2010

Mt. Berry, Ga. - Charlsie Broome and Jessica Womble each homered and Jessica Penney tossed a complete game shutout to lead Shorter College to a 7-0 win over Berry College in game two of a two-game set in Mt. Berry, Ga., on a frigid Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Hawks routed the Lady Vikings 11-2 in the first game of the series en route to a sweep of their cross-town rivals while improving to 2-0 on the year.

In the nightcap, Broome and Womble went yard as part of a three-run sixth inning that put Shorter in front, 6-0.

Broome launched a two-run shot over the center field wall before Womble, a freshman from Loganville, Ga., belted a line drive over the left-center field fence with the bases clear two batters later for her first career home run.

Shorter broke open a scoreless game in the top of the fourth with a Bre Johnson RBI single and tallied two more runs in the top of the fifth frame.

Womble and Tiffany Adams executed a successful double steal that scored Adams and Kara Pollock followed with a sharp grounder that skipped by Berry shortstop Lacey Herring and scored Elisabeth Barber for a 3-0 Lady Hawks' advantage after four-and-a-half complete.

Senior Hannah Strength struck Shorter's final blow in the top of the seventh with an RBI single through the right side that accounted for the final 7-0 margin.

Penney made quick work of the Lady Vikings in her first collegiate start.

The freshman from Ringgold threw just 87 pitches in 7.0 innings, scattering four hits while fanning eight and walking just one batter.

Johnson and Womble each finished 3-for-4 in game two. Emily Clements came off the bench to pinch hit in the sixth and led off with her first triple of the season before scoring on Broome's homer.

Kara Pollock went 1-for-3 with a lead-off double in the fourth for the Lady Hawks, who pounded out 14 hits against Berry starter Caillee Shamoun and reliever Jordan Jenkins.

In game one, Shorter's Elisabeth Barber went 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of RBI and allowed just two runs in 5.0 innings on the mound as the Lady Hawks topped Berry, 11-2.

Shorter posted six runs in the first inning and five more in the second in capturing a victory in its first action of 2010, and rode Barber's pitching down the stretch to keep the Lady Vikings from threatening.

Barber, a senior from Marietta, got Shorter on the board with a two-run single in the first off Berry starter Caillee Shamoun. Bre Johnson followed with a two-run double to left-center and Hannah Strength chipped in with an RBI double as the Lady Hawks batted around to start the contest.

The Lady Hawks took advantage of eight walks in the early going and posted a five-spot in the second. Dandi Ammons topped things off in the second with an RBI single as Shorter raced out to an 11-1 lead after two.

Johnson, a highly-touted freshman third-baseman from Calhoun, finished 1-for-3 with three RBI in her first collegiate action and Kara Pollock, Tiffany Adams and Libby Munson each recorded one RBI for head coach Melanie Carter.

Shorter returns to action this weekend, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20 when it travels to Montgomery, Ala., for four games as part of the Faulkner University Invitational.

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