MILWAUKEE – Sophomore Kiki Davis hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one to propel the MSOE softball team to a 4-3 victory over Concordia Wisconsin and clinch its place in the NACC Tournament Sunday afternoon at MSOE Athletic Field.
The Raiders (25-13, 12-10 NACC) clinched the No. 5 seed with the victory but fell to the Falcons (20-16, 10-10 NACC) 10-4 in game two. MSOE will play No. 4 Concordia Chicago Thursday on the opening day of the tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.
MSOE had led 3-1 heading into the seventh inning before CUW rallied to tie the score. The offense then went right to work in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Emma Megal and sophomore Amanda Manssen led off with back-to-back walks and moved up to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. The Falcons elected to walk freshman Lorrin Pondo to load the bases and face Davis. The lefty slap-hitter made them pay, lining the first pitch she saw over the third baseman's head into left field for the game-winning hit.
The Raiders had jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs, all after two outs, in the third inning. Junior Rachel Ziemba drew a walk and was followed by a Megal single. Manssen scored Ziemba with another single and sophomore Kim White walked to load the bases. Pondo hit an RBI single and Davis drew a bases-loaded walk to force in another run.
Concordia got on the board in its next at-bat before its late rally.
Senior Sara McConnell (6-2) went the distance in the circle and picked up the win on Senior Day. She worked around five hits and three walks in the game.
Megal finished with two hits and two runs scored while Davis notched the two RBIs.
The Raiders got off to a hot start in game two as Ziemba led off with a triple in the first inning and came around to score the game's first run on a Manssen single.
CUW pulled a run back in the third inning but the Red & White tacked on three more scores in the bottom half of the inning to jump out to a 4-1 lead. The top of the order got the ball rolling with a lead-off single by Ziemba and a steal of second base. Megal doubled to score Ziemba and came around to score on the second of back-to-back Falcon errors. Davis then tacked on an additional run with a sacrifice fly.
The visitors then rallied for six runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good at 7-4. They added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning and closed out the scoring with a run in the seventh.
Ziemba finished 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Megal collected two more hits, as well.