Shorter was swept by Auburn-Montgomery in a doubleheader, 17-7 and 10-9, to lose all three games to the 18th-ranked Senators in Montgomery, Ala., while Berry’s 9-2 loss at Lee handed the Flames a three-game sweep in Cleveland, Tenn.
Matt Norris and Palmer Karr each collected two hits, and Michael Smith belted a home run for the Vikings, but three Berry pitchers gave up 16 hits to Lee’s batters, with the top three in Flames’ batting order going a combined 7-for-14.
However, most of Lee’s damage was done by ninth-place batter Kyle Sullivan, who was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI.
B.J. Church (5-0) earned the win for Lee (18-7, 12-3), allowing one unearned run on five hits while striking out 11 batters and walking one in eight innings.
Berry (16-9, 8-7) starter Charlie Seamans (3-2) took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits in two innings. Seamans struck out one batter.
Along with Smith’s home run, Karr drove in Berry’s other run of the game.
In the Shorter-AUM twinbill, the Senators (10-14, 8-6) scored early and often in the opener, plating seven runs in the bottom of the first off Hawks starter Gregg Snider and building a 12-3 lead after three innings.
Shorter (7-18, 5-9) got four runs in the top of the fifth to get back to within 12-7, but AUM ended the game by scoring five times in the bottom half against reliever Matt Bradley.
The Hawks had just three hits in the game, but John Rhodarmer did smack a double and finish with three RBI.
The nightcap was a heartbreaker for Shorter.
After falling behind 9-3 in the first three innings, the Hawks scored six runs in the top of the seventh — including getting a two-out grand slam from Devin Porter — to tie the game at 9.
But the Senators would escape with a victory by scoring a run in the bottom half off reliever Eric Evans, who allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out six while walking three in 4 1-3 innings of work.
Cooper Brown went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI to lead Shorter’s 10-hit attack.
Josh Link had two hits, Porter had his grand slam and four RBI and Noah Huckaby and D.J. King each added a double for the Hawks.
Berry and Shorter are each scheduled to return to action on Friday. The Vikings host Emmanuel College at 2 p.m., while Lee is at Shorter, also at 2 p.m