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.