Bears get revenge in final game of PCSC Crossover
MORAGA, Calif. -- Northern Colorado's softball program was led by a freshman in its 9-1 victory over St. Mary's on Sunday morning in the final day of the PCSC Crossover Tournament.
Melissa Marcovecchio had a career day against the Gaels -- coming up with four RBI while going 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.
In the bottom of the second inning, with the game tied at one run apiece, Marcovecchio keyed a five-run explosion with a three-run bases-clearing triple before scoring later in the inning on a wild-pitch. The three-bagger was already the young speedster's team-leading fifth of the season.
The freshman from Broomfield, Colo. also brought in the Bears' final run of the game after earning a bases-loaded walk.
"Obviously, I'm pleased with the way we finished this tournament," Northern Colorado coach Mark Montgomery said. "This is how we are capable of playing, we just didn't look this good early on in the tournament."
With the win, the Bears (9-6) avoided being swept in the PCSC Crossover and exacted some revenge against the Gaels for a 4-0 loss a day earlier.
Marcovecchio wasn't the only player to get a couple good swings in though, as the Bears' offense exploded for nine hits on the day.
Junior Lindsey Smith was good, once again, for Northern Colorado -- going 2-for-3 from the plate. Smith was responsible for the Bears' first run of the game after ripping a single down the right field line to bring home Erin Geddis.
The Northern Colorado pitching staff was also strong in the tournament finale, as Megan Wilkinson got the start and shut down the Gaels. She finished her four innings of work with just one run against her on four hits and a walk.
Mikayla Duffy wrapped up the game for the Bears with an inning of shutout ball while giving up just one hit and striking out a batter.
After playing 15 games in the season's first three weekends, the Bears will finally have a week off before heading back out on the road for a 12 day road trip during spring break. The trip begins on Friday, March 9 when the Bears start the Stetson Classic in DeLand, Fla.
"It's nice to end on a strong note this weekend," Montgomery said. "But we have to get better and continue to grow. We are going to take a weekend off before getting ready for spring break in Florida and see if we can't get all of the elements of our game in place."