CLERMONT, Fla.-- Rams Softball played the second double-header of their spring break trip on Tuesday. After losing a tough match-up with Bates College in the early game, North Central found some late inning magic to defeat Morrisville State in the late game.
North Central (1-3, 0-0 UMAC) was shutout and no-hit in the opener versus Bates College (Lewiston, Maine). After a tough first inning in which NCU surrendered six runs, they held the Bearcats scoreless the rest of the way. However, the Rams could not solve Bates pitching and defense, recording no hits and earning just two base runners in a 6-0 loss.
In the late game the Rams matched up with Morrisville State College (Morrisville, N.Y.). The teams were scoreless through two innings before Morrisville took a 1-0 lead on a passed ball in the third. NCU tied it up in the fourth on an RBI single from freshman Emily Loop (Phelan, Calif./Serrano). They took their first lead of the game in the fifth on an RBI single from senior Amanda Roth (Appleton, Wis./Neenah).
After MSC tied it up in the top of the sixth, the Rams posted a big frame with three runs of their own to take a 5-2 lead into the final inning. It looked like the Rams would close out the victory on defense but a error and some timely hits allowed the Mustangs to tie it up at 5-5 and force the Rams to win it at the plate.
A lead off double from freshman Ellee Laws (Ogden, Iowa/Ogden) got the momentum back for NCU and junior Stephanie Caravalho (Santa Clara, Calif./West Valley Community College) reached on a walk. A fielders choice from freshman Miera Skaar (Lakeville, Minn./Rosemount) kept runners on first and second with one out. A wild pitch moved the runners up a base for freshman Ali Cornelius (Milaca, Minn./Spectrum) who came through with a chopped, RBI single over the second baseman that brought in the winning run.
Amanda Roth and Ellee Laws were each 2-3 with a double. Senior Kylee Bommersback (Sartell, Minn./Sartell) was 1-3 with a double. Freshman pitcher Emma Bushey (Three Lakes, Minn./Three Lakes) was outstanding, going the full seven innings with nine strikeouts and allowing just 1 earned run. The NCU victory brakes a 45-game losing streak that dates back to April 14, 2016.
North Central will be off on Wednesday before playing another double-header on Thursday. They take on Emmanuel College (Boston, Mass.) at 10 a.m. (EST) before playing Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa) at 2 p.m. (EST).