MILWAUKEE – The MSOE softball team loaded the bases with no outs and trailing by one in the seventh inning but was unable to drive in the tying run in suffering a 4-3 defeat to Aurora in an elimination game Friday morning at the NACC Tournament.
The Raiders (25-15) jumped out to a 1-0 lead but suffered a big four-run inning at the hands of the Spartans (27-16) and were unable to recover.
Facing a three-run deficit in the team's last at-bat, sophomore Kiki Davis led off with a walk. Junior Rachel Ziemba doubled and junior Emily Snow was walked to load the bases. Aurora was able to induce back-to-back ground balls back to the pitcher to get the lead runner at the plate and then a 1-2-3 game-ending double play.
The Spartans did all of their scoring in the fourth inning. They tied the score with a lead-off home run and had five-straight hits with two outs. A three-run home run was the key in opening a 4-1 advantage.
MSOE had gotten the scoring started in the top of the fourth inning, as Ziemba led off with a double. Sophomore Kim White then drove her in with a double of her own.
Trailing by three, the Raiders pulled back a run in the fifth inning. Freshman Lorrin Pondo led off with a double this time and came around to score when an outfielder misplayed junior Julia Marsh's single. Pondo then hit her first collegiate home run in the sixth inning to make it a one-run game.
Senior Sara McConnell (6-3) took the loss in the circle, throwing 4.0 innings. She struck out a pair in the outing. Pondo hurled the final two frames.