On a road trip to Fort Wayne, the BC softball team stumbled in a pair of contests against the Cougars from USF. The hosts bested BC 12-4 in game one and then nabbed game two 9-1 in five innings of play. Overall, BC falls to 1-24 on the season while USF improves to 10-12.

The Pilots opened up the day on a high note by recording a pair of runs in their first at-bat thanks to a lead-off triple by Victoria Ebersol that was followed by hits from Katie Rhoade and Rachel Najdek. After USF posted two of their own, the Pilots took their second lead of the game in the third when Rhoade’s inning-opening single was coupled with a single by Mackenzie Orphanidis.

Once again, the Cougars found their answer, and after three complete innings, the ballgame was deadlocked at 3-3.

USF was able to plate two more in the bottom of the fourth. The nail in the coffin was then a six-run bottom of the fifth that turned a 5-4 lead into an 11-4 spread that BC was unable to climb out of.

In the nightcap, BC found themselves in the lead once again thanks to a solo home run off the bat of Hunter Brummett in the top of the first. However, BC’s bats were all but silenced in their next four at-bats. With just one additional hit recorded, the Pilots fell 9-1 to the Cougars while being outhit 14-2 in the five-inning finale.

Bethel will turn their attention to another league matchup on Thursday against the Trojans of Taylor University. BC will host TU at 3:00 p.m., a game that was rescheduled after less than favorable weather conditions last weekend.