The Berry College softball team worked its way back to play for a Division III regional title over the weekend but came up short.
Ending the best season in program history, the Vikings fell to the Pioneers of Transylvania University 8-0 in the NCAA Regional Championship matchup on Sunday afternoon at Berry’s Kay Williams Field.
The Vikings’ record-setting season came to a close in five innings as Transylvania’s Renae Morton tossed five scoreless frames to advance her team in the NCAA D-III tournament.
Berry exits after collecting a program-best 40 wins this season, in addition to their fifth straight Southern Athletic Association regular season title and their third straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
Vikings Kayla Sangrey and Katlin Seger each had a hit, and Kassie Howard allowed two hits and struck out nine in 3 2/3 innings in the circle.
The Pioneers jumped out to an early lead, plating two runs in the bottom of the third inning off of an RBI single and a wild pitch.
Transylvania (34-11) then added an additional run in the bottom of the fourth inning, following a bases loaded walk, to move the score to 3-0.
The Pioneers added five runs off of three additional singles in the bottom of the fifth inning to push the score to 8-0 and ensure the run-rule victory over the Vikings.
On the day, Berry added two hits to Transylvania’s seven.
Berry finishes the season 40-4 overall while Transylvania advances to the NCAA Super Regional round.