The Peru State softball came from behind in the late innings of both games on Tuesday to
sweep the visiting Graceland University Yellowjackets.
The Bobcats were down 7-5 in the sixth inning in the first game and scored four in the bottom of the sixth to win 9-7. In the second game the ‘Cats were down 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning and scratched across two runs to win 4-3.
With the sweep, Peru State improved to 14-29 overall and 9-20 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) North Division. Graceland fell to 21-17-1 on the year and are 11-16-1 in the Heart North.
Game One Action
Neither team scored until the bottom of the third when the Bobcats put the first runs on the scoreboard.
Morgan Ritchie (Lincoln) doubled to right-center. After two outs, Regan Kirby (Gretna) singled up the middle to drive in Ritchie. Kirby advanced to second on the play. Megan Hartman (Lincoln) stepped to the plate to hit a two-run home run over the center field fence on a 1-1 count to put the Bobcats up 3-0.
The Yellowjackets would plate a run in the top of the fourth to make it 3-1.
In the top of the fifth, Graceland plated six runs to take a 7-3 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Bobcats got a couple of the runs back. After two outs, Hartman singled up the middle. Rachel Carlos (Kaneohe, Hawaii) doubled to deep right-center to drive in Hartman. Sandy Garcia (Strasburg, Colo.) also doubled to left-center with Carlos scoring to make it 7-5.
After putting the Yellowjackets down in order in the top of the sixth, Peru State went back to work in the bottom of the sixth.
Taylor Moya (Keenesburg, Colo.) singled to third to start the inning. Ritchie reached on a walk with Moya going to second. Shelbi Audsley (Prescott Valley, Ariz.) reached on an error to load the bases. Tyler Farrell (Brandon, Fla.) singled to deep center to score Moya and Ritchie to tie the game at 7-7. Sadi Howes (Denver) entered to run for Farrell. After an out, Howes stole second. Hartman was issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Carlos doubled down the right field line to score Audsley and Howes to put the Bobcats up 9-7.
Peru State was able to get out of a jam in the top of the seventh as the Yellowjackets did not score while leaving the bases loaded.
The Bobcats scored their nine runs on 12 hits and committed four errors. Graceland scored their seven runs on eight hits and committed one error.
Carlos went four for four and drove in three RBI to lead Peru State. Hartman and Moya each added two hits while Farrell and Hartman each had two RBI.
Ritchie was the winning pitcher as she tossed a complete game. She allowed eight hits, seven runs – four earned, and struck out eight.
Second Game Action
All of the runs in the second game were scored in just three half innings. Peru State scored first in the bottom of first.
Farrell started the inning with a single to shallow center. Then, after two outs, Carlos reached on a walk. Garcia also reached on a walk to load the bases. Hazen also was issued a walk to push Farrell across for the first run. Moya singled to short to drive in Carlos for the second run to take a 2-0 lead.
Graceland would score all of their runs in the top of the third inning as they plated three to go up 3-2.
Neither team would score the rest of the way until the Bobcats had their last chance in the bottom of the seventh.
Elizabeth Nelson (Adams) started the inning with a walk. Nelson went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Audsley. On a ground out, Nelson went to third. Regan Kirby (Gretna) tripled to deep left to drive in Nelson to tie the game at 3-3. Hartman then hit a hard ball to the third baseman whose throw to first was missed allowing Kirby to score the winning run.
Peru State scored their four runs on six hits and committed three errors. Graceland scored their three runs on seven hits and had one miscue – a costly one that ended the game.
Moya went two for three to lead the ‘Cats. Kirby, Hartman, Hazen, and Moya each were credited with one RBI.
Hartman was the winning pitcher as she tossed a complete game. She allowed seven hits, three runs – one earned, and struck out four.
The Bobcats still have nine games to play and will begin those games with a double header on Wednesday at home with Benedictine (Kan.). The Ravens are 22-22 on the year and are 12-20 in the Heart South. The two-game series is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Peru State will then play one make-up game at Baker (Kan.) on Friday before finishing with double headers at MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) on Saturday, Avila (Mo.) on Sunday, and William Penn (Iowa) on Sunday.