CLERMONT, Fla. –
NSU's softball team concluded play in THE Spring Games on Saturday afternoon, picking up an eight-inning win over Bemidji State University, before falling 4-2 to No. 24 Wayne State University in the finale.
The Sharks move their overall record to 16-17 with the split pair of games, and finished the tournament with a 4-2 record.
The first game was a scoreless affair throughout the entirety of regulation, forcing extra innings. The visitors on the scoreboard, Bemidji State (9-4), were able to push their runner placed on second to third with a ground out, but a strikeout by Lexie Storrer
and a pop up ended their chances at scoring.
In the home half of the eighth inning, Alex Suzuki
was placed on second and a sacrifice bunt by Sydney Lageyre
advanced her to third. After a ground out by Mary Acosta
, Dana Edmundson
hit the walk-off RBI single through the left side for the 1-0 Shark win.
Overall, BSU outhit the Sharks 6-5. Edmundson was 2-for-4 with the lone RBI of the game for either team, and Ashley Roe
, Megan Maloney
and Acosta tallied the other three hits in their three at bats.
Storrer (11-7) worked all 8.0 and dished out a new career-high 11 strikeouts, the most recorded in a single game by NSU since Jennie von Doellen in 2013.
Bemidji's starting pitcher, Jessica Yost (6-2), registered 10 strikeouts of her own in her 7.2 innings in the circle.
After a scoreless first inning, NSU was the first to get on the board, tallying two runs in the bottom of the second. The Sharks got into scoring position after Erica Winter
drew a walk and a single by Lageyre advanced her, before a wild pitch pushed both runners up a base. The next batter, Edmundson, sent an RBI-single up the middle to score Winter and as the center fielder bobbled the ball, Lageyre had enough time to cross the plate, as well.
Wayne State responded in the top of the third with a single run, bringing the score to 2-1 in NSU's favor.
The score would stay the same for the next three innings as neither team was able to muster a run. It wasn't until the top of the seventh inning that the Warriors were able to use six consecutive singles to take a 4-2 lead and never look back.
Storrer led all Sharks, finishing 2-for-4 while Lageyre was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Winter drew two walks.
Winter (5-6) was saddled with the loss as she tossed all 7.0 innings and allowed four runs (3 ER) on 12 hits.
The Sharks will return to conference and home play this upcoming weekend as they host Eckerd College in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6:00 p.m. For live coverage, head to NSUSharks.com, or follow @NSU_Softball on Twitter.