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Emory & Henry Softball Upsets No. 15 Birmingham-Southern, 5-0, Friday In Season Opener

Cam Derr delivers a pitch.

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The Emory & Henry College Softball Team (1-0) picked up a key NCAA Division III Atlantic Region win to open the season, knocking of No. 15 Birmingham-Southern College (0-1) by a 5-0 score Friday afternoon in the first game of the B-SC Spring Classic.

The event was moved to University Field on the campus of Jacksonville State University due to poor field conditions at Birmingham-Southern College.

The Basics
FINAL SCORE Emory & Henry 5, No. 15 Birmingham-Southern 0
– Jacksonville, Alabama
VENUE – University Field
RECORDS – Emory & Henry (1-0, 0-0 ODAC); Birmingham-Southern (0-1, 0-0 SAA)

How It Happened
- The Wasps got on the board in the top of the second with three runs. Sophomore right fielder Hailey Mince (Trinity, N.C.) drew a two-out bases loaded walk to set up senior shortstop Leanna Toler's (Abingdon, Va.) single up the middle which plated two more.
- Senior catcher Alex Thomas (Orlando, Fla.) gave E&H a 4-0 advantage when she drilled a one-out home run over the left field wall and the Wasps added another insurance run for the 5-0 final score in the sixth when Mince reached on an error which allowed junior second baseman Kyndall Hiatt (Ararat, Va.) to score from third base.
- Junior right-hander Cameron Derr (Cornelius, N.C.) dominated in the circle, striking out 14 while allowing just two hits as she picked up the shutout victory. Annie Clayton of B-SC suffered the loos, allowing three runs on four walks in just 1.2 innings.

Up Next
- Emory & Henry will continue action in the B-SC Spring Classic on Saturday with games against Mount St. Joseph University (11:00 a.m. CST) and Covenant College (5:00 p.m. CST).