The Lady Hawks, ranked 10th in the NAIA preseason poll, posted an opening-day sweep of Berry College in non-conference softball action on Wednesday afternoon in Mount Berry.
Shorter won the opener 13-2 and completed the sweep with a 10-4 win.
Shorter, which began its softball program several seasons before Berry started playing, improved to 6-0 all-time against the Lady Vikings.
In Game 1, Shorter freshman Kristen Little, a former Cedartown High star, allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out four and senior Kara Pollock went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Lady Hawks to an easy win.
Charlsie Broome went 3-for-4 and junior transfer Brooke Bryan homered in her first at-bat as a Lady Hawk as Shorter outhit the Lady Vikings 16-6.
The Lady Hawks scored five runs in the first to open things up.
Libby Munson drove in Broome for the game’s first run before Pollock added a two-run double for a 3-0 lead.
Pollock scored on a delayed steal by Jackie Castaneda and Amanda Albertson stroked an RBI single through the left side as Shorter jumped on Berry early.
Another Munson RBI and Castaneda’s RBI double to center pushed Shorter’s lead to 7-0 in the second and Castaneda scored on a throwing error by Chelsea Usher for an 8-0 Shorter advantage after one and a half complete.
Berry crept to within 11-2 with a pair of tallies in the bottom of the third, but Bryan connected on a Caillee Shamoun delivery over the left field wall for a two-run homer in the top of the fifth that put Shorter up by the final 11-run margin.
Little, making her first collegiate start, held Berry hitless through 2.2 innings before the Lady Vikings struck for the two runs in the bottom of the third. Both of the Lady Vikings’ tallies came with two outs as Little allowed just two hits total in the final two innings of the game.
Shorter, which struggled to score runs at times during last season’s run to 51 wins and a fifth-place finish at the NAIA national tournament, finished with 16 hits.
In Game 2, Anna Frazee’s solo shot in the top of the fifth broke a 4-4 tie and put the Lady Hawks in the lead to stay in a game that turned into a rout in the latter stages.
Frazee’s stroked a line drive blast to dead center with one out in the fifth to put Shorter up 5-4 and the Lady Hawks went on to score the final six runs of the game en route to the Game 2 victory and the sweep.
The Lady Hawks tacked on four runs in the top of the sixth to essentially put the game away.
Castaneda laced an RBI double to left center, Frazee hit an RBI single past the Berry third baseman, Bryan singled to left with bases loaded to drive in Frazee and Albertson capped the four-run frame by drawing a walk with the bases loaded for an RBI and a 9-4 Shorter lead.
The Lady Hawks will be on again Friday and Saturday at the Belhaven University Invitational in Jackson, Miss.