CLERMONT, Fla. — The Lawrence University softball team rallied for a thrilling 7-6 nonconference victory over SUNY-Geneseo on Monday at the National Training Center.
The Vikings (3-3) were down 5-0 after two innings but struck for four runs in the third and three more in the sixth. Geneseo (2-4) scored once in the first and got¬†four more in the second against Lawrence starter Jessica Demski.
Demski got Lawrence back in the game in the top of the third when she belted a bases-loaded, three-run double. The Vikings scored four times in the inning and trimmed the lead to 5-4.
Geneseo added another run on a solo homer in the fifth against reliever Shannon Murray to go up 6-4.
The Vikings then rallied in the top half of the sixth. Tierney Duffy led off the inning with a single and Savanna Marsicek followed with a walk. Cathy Kaye then beat out a bunt for a base hit to load the bases.
Anna Wawiorka then singled to score Duffy to cut the lead to 6-5. Murray drew a bases-loaded walk to score Marsicek and the game was tied 6-6. After a strikeout, Mary Diduch hit a chopper over the mound. The shortstop threw out Diduch, but¬†Kaye scored on the play to give Lawrence a 7-6 lead.
After Murray retired the side in order in the sixth, the Knights mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh.¬†Geneseo loaded the bases on¬†a one-out single and a pair of¬†walks. Murray then got a pop up¬†for the second out and struck out Lexi Williams¬†swinging to end the game.
Murray pitched the final three innings to get the win. She allowed two hits, struck out two and walked two.
Kaye paced Lawrence by going 2-for-4 with a double, and Duffy went 2-for-3. Alex Chiodo had a double and drove in a run for the Vikings.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Lawrence returns to action on Tuesday when it faces Oswego State and Macalester College.Tags: recap