Softball rallies late to win on walk-off
Tenn.-Martin box score
HAMMOND, La. -- The Northern Colorado softball squad showed it has a flair for the dramatic early in the season, after earning a come-from-behind 11-10 victory in their opening game of the Lion Classic against Akron on Friday.
The Bears (2-0) waited until their last out before putting together a three-run seventh inning rally capped off with an RBI single by freshman Melissa Marcovecchio.
After getting down to their last gasp, the rally started after Erin Wilkinson walked and Ashleigh Waterland was hit by a pitch. After that, senior Alex Neely came through with a huge two-run double before Marcovecchio brought her home for the game-winning run.
Although the game was delayed two hours due to weather, Northern Colorado got off to a fast start -- going up 3-0 in the first inning. But the Zips answered back quickly, scoring eight runs in the next two innings to take an 8-3 lead. The Bears managed to whittle the lead down to 10-8 before exploding in the final frame.
For the second straight game, junior transfer Lindsey Smith led Northern Colorado's offense -- going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the first.
Fellow junior transfer Jamie Pollak also homered, with her solo-shot coming in the fifth inning.
Neely also chipped in with another RBI to go along with her two big ones in the seventh. She finished her night going 2-for-3 from the plate with a walk.
Kelci Cheney got the start in the circle from the Bears, but the freshman struggled a bit -- giving up nine runs, six of those earned, on nine hits. She did show an ability to get batters to swing and miss though, as she struck out four in her 3.1 innings.
Pollack and Megan Wilkinson also saw action in the circle, with Wilkinson putting in a productive three innings while giving up just one run and two hits.
The Bears also defeated Tennessee-Martin 8-6 late Friday in their second game of the tournament to make it three straight wins to start the season.
The team will play two more games on Saturday, beginning with a battle against Jackson State at 10 a.m. Right after, the Bears will play tournament-host Southeastern Louisiana at 12:30 a.m.