Softball loses heartbreaker in PCSC Crossover
MORAGA, Calif. -- In its second day of the PCSC Crossover Tournament, the Northern Colorado softball squad battled back from an early deficit but eventually lost in extra innings, 8-7, to Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon.
Batting in the top of the eighth, the Broncos put the Bears behind the eight-ball with a three-run explosion keyed by a two-run double by Ashley Haney.
Despite being down three runs going into the bottom of the eight, the Bears kept fighting and scrapped two more runs across after a trio of errors by Santa Clara gave Northern Colorado hope. But in the end, the three run deficit proved to be too much.
The eighth inning wasn't the only time though that the Bears found themselves fighting from behind, as the Broncos opened up the game with four runs in the first to take the early lead.
Little by little, Northern Colorado chipped away at the Santa Clara lead, with a big blow being landed by Lindsey Smith.
Smith continued her outstanding start to her Bears' career with a two-run homerun in the third inning to bring the Bears to within one -- trailing 4-3. Lindsey's homer was already the third of her season. She finished the game going 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI and a run.
Duffy was strong in relieve, pitching 7.1 innings while allowing just three earned runs on six hits while striking out two. Duffy was pivotal in keeping the Bears in the game -- giving up just one run in her first seven innings of action.
Earlier in the day, Northern Colorado's offense was shut down by St. Mary's in a 4-0 loss. Duffy combined with Erin Geddis for four of the Bears' five hits on the day.
The Bears wrap up their stay in Moraga on Sunday with a rematch against St. Mary's at 11:30 a.m.