CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was an epic day for junior shortstop Vada Blue Sherrill who lifted the Pfeiffer softball team (14-2) to a sweep of Johnson C. Smith (0-6) on Wednesday afternoon. Sherrill finished the day with 12 runs batted in and hit grand slams in back-to-back at-bats in game two of the doubleheader.
In the opener, the Falcons cruised to a 13-3 win in five innings as four different batters each drove in two runs. Sherrill, the Pfeiffer leadoff hitter, went 1-for-3 with a triple, two runs and two RBI while stealing four bases.
Walker stole two bags and Kasey Rowden added one steal on the game. Millsaps tossed three scoreless innings in the game to improve to 10-2 in the circle.
Game two was one for the record books for Sherrill. Fittingly, she led the game off with a solo home run to center field. In the top of the third, Sherrill came to the dish with the bases loaded and one out and took the pitcher out to dead center for her first grand slam. In her very next at-bat, Sherrill came up with the sacks packed once again and crushed another grand slam to left field. She would close the game with an RBI single to right center in the top of the fifth to cap a 4-for-5 performance with three runs, 3 HR and 10 RBI.
Sherrill, who is hitting an absurd .552 on the season, has now hit four grand slams in her last nine games. Over her first 16 games of the season, Sherrill has 7 HR, 32 RBI and is a perfect 23-for-23 in stolen base attempts.
"I try to center my at-bats around the mindset of taking it one pitch at a time," said Sherrill after her performance. "The coaching staff and I have put a lot of work into my swing since last season so what I've done off the clock is paying off. When I step into the box, I have to green light go mentality and I empty out any distractions. It's just me and the bat up there."
The Falcons return to action on Thursday afternoon when they travel to Salem for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.