Bears' late rally falls short in loss to Towson
By ZACH BOND
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Northern Colorado's late-inning rally fell just short in its 2-1 loss to Towson Sunday morning to wrap up the USF Under Armour Showcase.
The Bears (11-14) found themselves down 2-0 heading into the seventh before mounting a late surge to try and send the game into extra innings.
The rally started with Melissa Marcovecchio getting her third hit of the day, a single to left-center, with one out. After stealing second, Marcovecchio scored on an Erin Geddis triple to cut the Bears' deficit in half.
With Geddis representing the tying run just 90 feet away from home-plate, Northern Colorado had two outs to try and even the score but couldn't as Jamie Pollak grounded out and Lindsey Smith ended the game with a pop up.
Marcovecchio, a freshman, was the star on offense for the Bears -- going 3-for-4 from the plate including her team-leading sixth triple of the season.
Other than the freshman, the rest of the Bears' offense struggled against the Towson pitching staff -- managing just three more hits on the day.
Fellow freshman Kelci Cheney got another start in the circle for Northern Colorado and continued to pitch well. She finished the day giving up just two runs in 6.1 innings of work while allowing nine hits and four walks. She also struck out four batters.
The first Towson run came in the first inning off an RBI double and the second run came in the fifth off an RBI single.
Sophomore Megan Wilkinson wrapped up the game for the Bears -- getting the final two outs without allowing a hit or a walk.
After playing the season's first 25 games on the road, Northern Colorado will finally get to come home and play their home-opener against Colorado-Colorado Springs on Wednesday, March 21. The game is scheduled to be played under the Butler-Hancock lights with the first pitch set for 6 p.m.