EAST PEORIA, Ill. — The Lawrence University softball team dropped a 6-4 decision to Cornell College on Friday at the Midwest Conference Classic.
Rebekah Ozga hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to win it for the Rams (9-7, 2-3 MWC).
Lawrence (11-7, 1-1) had grabbed a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth when the game went to the international tiebreaker rule. Alex Chiodo delivered a two-out double to score Kara Vance and the Vikings had the lead.
Britt Schoon’s run-scoring single in the bottom half of the inning tied it for Cornell, and Ozga hit a two-out, two-run homer to end it.
Lawrence trailed 1-0 heading to the top of the fifth when the Vikings scored three times. Cory Paquette started the rally with a single, and Cathy Kaye then greeted relief pitcher Jackie Sernek with a two-run homer to put the Vikings up 2-1. Tierney Duffy followed with a single, stole second and scored on¬†Shannon Murray’s single¬†for a 3-1 edge.
Lawrence held that lead until Schoon hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to force the extra frames.
Murray went the distance and took the loss for Lawrence. She also went 3-for-5 and drove in a run for the Vikings. Chiodo, Paquette and Taylor Dodson all collected two hits for Larwence.
Sernek went 4.2 innings and picked up the win in relief. ¬†
Lawrence returns to action at the MWC Classic on Saturday when it faces Grinnell College and Lake Forest College.Tags: recap