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Lady Eagles Fall in Extra Innings

5/7/2011

Another day, another extra inning softball game in the American Midwest Conference Tournament. This time, Williams Baptist College came out on the short end, losing to William Woods, 4-2, in eight innings. The teams split a two extra inning contests on Friday, forcing Saturday’s decisive game three in the best-of-three series.

Williams, as top seed in the tournament, hosted the championship series at WBC Softball Field.

The Lady Eagles rallied in the bottom of the 7th inning, scoring a run to tie the game at 2-2. But the Owls responded with two runs of their own in the top of the 8th, and Williams was unable to plate any more runs.

Ashley Boyles led the Lady Eagles offensively, going 4-for-4 with a triple, a double and a run scored. Jill Graham was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Teighlor Melton was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Karisa Hendrix pitched the complete game, allowing four runs and eight hits. She struck out four and walked four. Counting the 12 and 10 innings games on Friday, Hendrix pitched 30 innings in two days, for a pitch count of 440.

In claiming the AMC Tournament title, WWU advances automatically to the NAIA National Tournament, to be held May 19-25. The Lady Eagles, currently ranked #21 in the NAIA, are still in the running for an at-large bid to the national tourney. Those bids are to be announced later.

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