The Muskingum University softball team fails to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.
The bid ended Sunday when the Muskies suffered a pair of losses against seventh-ranked Trine. They fell 5-4 in the first title game and suffered a 13-4 six inning loss in the final championship contest.
In the first contest of the day the Muskies would get on the scoreboard first when Jessica Matthews hit a single up the right side, driving in Kayley Bevard.
Trine would answer back with a big first inning. Infielder Kendra Marshall sac bunted to bring in Carly Searles. Second baseman Jamie Schanarr would double scoring Leah Hall and Marshall.
The Thunder would add a home run by left fielder Kaitlyn Clark to go ahead 5-1 in the bottom of the second.
The Muskies would battle back in the fourth inning with a Kayley Bevard single that scored Amber Bova and Fallon Gawry to make it 5-3. They’d add another score in the top of the six off a Bevard single that scored Amber Bova.
Bevard would end the first game with 1 run, 3 hits, 3 rbi and 1 base on balls. Matthews went 4-4 on the day with 1RBI. Bova scored 2 runs, while Gawry and 1 run and 1 hit.
Kristen Gill was the losing pitcher giving up six hits and five runs in just an inning of work.
The Muskies hung close with the Thunder through four innings with Trine leading 4-3 at the bottom of the fifth inning. But, at the top of the fifth Trine would add a run off a Catherine Porter double to score Leah Hall. Haleigh Daniels would also singled up the middle for an RBI driving in Riley Larkin.
Muskingum would cut the lead in the bottom of the fifth off a Fallon Gawry single that drove in Laina Walker to make it 6-4.
But, the Muskies couldn’t hang on as the Thunder roared in the top of the six scoring seven runs; which included home runs by Kaitylin Clark and Daniels.
Kelly Martin led the Muskies in game two with 2RBI. The losing pitcher, Sara Browning gave up 12 hits and 7 runs in five inning of work.
The Muskies needed just one win to claim the Regional Championship to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals next weekend against the winner of the Emory Regional.
Muskingum, the Ohio Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions ends its season with a 28-18 record.