UCF manufactured two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come back and defeat Sacramento State, 6-5, in the final game of the 2019 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
The Knights (4-4) trailed for most of the game, but surged into the lead in the sixth. With two runners on, Takiya London's RBI hit to left brought home the tying run and moved two runners into scoring position. Then with two out, a wild pitch brought home Kyra Klarkowski with the game-winning run.
Sacramento State (3-6) took control of the game with four runs in the second inning, with Suzy Brookshire's three-run home run providing most of the offense. Mo Speith and Shea Graves each drove in runs for the Hornets as well.
All-tournament selection Jazmine Esparza drove in a run for UCF, in addition to Klarkowski and Erin Emanuel.
In a marathon to close out Saturday's play at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, Southern Illinois scored twice in the seventh, then held on to defeat North Dakota State, 10-9, in a three-hour affair at Nancy Almaraz Stadium.
NDSU (4-4) seemingly had the game under control after taking an 8-3 lead thanks to five runs in the second and three more in the third. SIU (7-2) would answer back thanks to one of four NDSU errors in the game to score four runs in the fourth and make it a one-run game.
In the sixth, the Salukis tied the game thanks to heads-up base running from Maddy Vermejan, who went from first to third on a sacrifice bunt, then scored when the throw to third was blocked into left field by the catcher attempting to cover.
The Salukis scored twice in the seventh, with all-tournament team member Jenny Jansen singling back up the middle to plate the go-ahead runs.
The Bison weren't finished yet. Montana DeCamp's single into left scored a run to make it 10-9 and brought the potential game-winning run to the plate. That would be as close as NDSU wuld get, as Brianna Jones would get the final two outs to get the win.
SIU finishes play in the tournament with a 4-0 mark, while North Dakota State posts a record of 1-3, with two of the losses coming by a single run.
Jenny Jansen and Katelyn Massa hit back-to-back homers as Southern Illinois picked up a 6-1 win over Sacramento State Saturday night at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
With their side leading 3-1 in the sixth, Jansen and Massa put the game out of reach for the Salukis. First, Jansen connected on a two-run blast out to left to make it 5-1. Then, Massa went yard in the next at-bat to make it a 6-1 game.
That would be enough run support for Brianna Jones, who went the distance in the circle for Southern Illinois (6-2), striking out 10 batters in the process.
Katie Vretzos drove in the run for Sacramento State (3-5) with a single back up the middle in the sixth.
Arkansas took advantage of five Sacramento State errors to score five unearned runs en route to an 8-2 win at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge Saturday afternoon.
After a throwing error extended the first inning, the Razorbacks (8-1) scored when Maggie Hicks was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Sacramento State took the lead in the third, however, on Suzy Brookshire's two-run single.
Three more unearned runs would cross the plate for Arkansas in the fourth, and Arkansas would add another unearned run thanks to a Sacramento State (3-4) error in the fifth. In the sixth, Kati Warrick's two-run homer came as part of a three-run inning in providing the winning margin for Arkansas.
The Razorbacks finish the tournament with a 3-1 record.
Mississippi State exploded for 10 runs in the third inning en route to an, 11-3, victory over UCF Saturday afternoon in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
Trailing 3-0 entering the home half of the frame, the Bulldogs put up the second-most runs in an inning in the tournament's history. Fifteen different Bulldogs came to bat in the inning, with Mississippi State (6-3) recording 10 consecutive base hits during the inning. The 10 hits in a row also all came with two out in the frame. Fa Leilua and Kat Moore each had home runs in the inning.
Every member of the Bulldog starting lineup had at least one hit and one run scored, and seven batters had at least one RBI.
Jazmine Esparza had an RBI double in the losing effort for UCF (3-4).
Despite a close loss to No. 5 Washington on Friday evening, UCF rebounded with a resounding win over Northern Colorado,7-0, on Saturday morning.
Jazmine Esparza provided early life for the Knights (3-3). The Junior tallied five RBI, singling in the first and doubling in the third. Alicia Tomberlin also double in the third inning, clearing the bases and scoring three more running, pushing UCF’s lead to 6-0.
Breanna Vazquez pitched seven full innings, giving up just three hits, recording 10 strikeouts and walking just two.
Kenzie Kudrna delivered the Bears’ first hit in the bottom of the sixth inning and came inches within scoring but was ultimately tagged out at home, keeping UNC (1-8) off the scoreboard. Valerie Vidal struck out six and walked only one for the Bears.
Washington wrapped up its time in Puerto Vallarta by scoring two runs late to top North Dakota State, 5-3, as part of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
Both teams came out swinging early, with Washington (8-1) scoring three runs and the Bison answering back with a pair. The big blow for the Huskies came on a two-run double by Nawai Kaupe to cap the scoring in the top of the first. Zoe Stavrou had an RBI single for NDSU, with a passed ball bringing home the second run.
NDSU (4-3) would tie the score again as Stavrou put the ball in play toward third and reached on an error, allowing the tying run to cross the plate.
Sis Bates would break the tie with an RBI in the sixth, and in the seventh, Rachel Ogasawara would drive in an insurance run for the Huskies.
Taran Alvelo went the distance, striking out 11 Knights along the way as #5-ranked Washington scored twice in the sixth to defeat UCF, 3-1, at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
With the score tied 1-1, Emma Helm rocked a solo homer to right-center field to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Amirah Milloy reached on an infield hit to score another run, giving Washington (7-1) a 3-1 lead.
Alvelo would make the lead hold up. While UCF (2-3) would get runners on first and second, Alvelo would finish the night with her final strikeout, earning the victory to improve to 4-1.
KenOn the strength of a seven-run fourth inning, #11-ranked Arkansas earned an 11-0 win over Northern Colorado Friday afternoon at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
Ten different players had hits for Arkansas, as the offense for the Razorbacks started to find its groove with a run in the second off a Sydney Parr single. Arkansas (7-1) added three in the third, two of which came on a Kayla Green homer to center.
Parr added another RBI to start the scoring in the fourth, with Sydney Benz adding a two-run double to push the advantage to 10 runs in the game.
Kenzie Kundra had three of the five hits for Northern Colorado (1-7) in the game.
Claire Miller and Brianna Jones combined to allow just two hits as Southern Illinois topped Northern Colorado, 6-0, at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
Susie Baranski and Ashley Wood each went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, with Baranski adding an RBI to her line in the box score. The top of the order did most of the damage for SIU (5-2) with six hits, four runs, and two RBIs coming from the combo of Maddy Vermejan, Baranski, and Jenny Jansen.
Northern Colorado (1-6) would leave five runners on base in the game, as everyone that reached base would be stranded. Natalie Joyner and Madi Schmidt each had hits for the Bears.