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(RV)Friends University
Kansas Wesleyan University
Softball - Tue, Apr. 18, 2017
Final - Game 11234567RHE
Friends (Kan.)0113000590
Kansas Wesleyan0020000243
Salina, Ka
Friends (Kan.)PitchingKansas Wesleyan
Breslin, HeatherWinner-
-Loser Parsons, Jordyn
-Save-
Friends (Kan.)Indv. StatsKansas Wesleyan
#17 Hudson, LaceyDoubles None
#25 Lindsay, LaykynTriples None
NoneHome Runs None
Final - Game 212345678RHE
Friends (Kan.) (27-8)002203018143
Kansas Wesleyan (25-14)012040007131
Salina, Ka
Friends (Kan.)PitchingKansas Wesleyan
Breslin, HeatherWinner-
-Loser Gallop, Alix
-Save-
Friends (Kan.)Indv. StatsKansas Wesleyan
3 PlayersDoubles #1 Paul, Michelle
#25 Lindsay, LaykynTriples #13 Gillespie, Autumn
#17 Hudson, LaceyHome Runs None

WICHITA, Kan. - The Friends University softball team picked up arguably their two biggest wins of the season on Monday evening. With a logjam at the top of the KCAC standings and two other teams with three conference losses, the Falcons swept Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU) by scores of 5-2, 8-7 to secure the tiebreaker with both those teams.

GAME ONE FINAL: (RV) FRIENDS 5, KANSAS WESLEYAN 2:

Friends (27-8, 10-3 KCAC) got on the board first in the top of the 2nd inning. Moriah Kayhill (JR/Wellsville, Kan.) singled with one out and Laykyn Lindsay (SR/Wichita, Kan.) came up with a clutch two-out triple for the 1-0 lead. The Falcons made it 2-0 in the 3rd with Sarah Gonzalez singling, stealing second, advancing on a single by Lacey Hudson (SR/Enid, Okla.) and coming home on a sacrifice fly from Kailey Jenkins (SR/Wellington, Kan.).

KWU (25-14, 11-5 KCAC) tied it up in the home-half of the 3rd inning. Four straight hits and a sacrifice fly for the Coyotes knotted things up at 2-2.

The Falcons finished up the scoring for game one in the 4th inning with three runs. Isabella Gonzalez (SO/Bakersfield, Calif.), Lindsay and Kennedy Brunson (JR/Garden City, Kan.) crossed the plate for the deciding runs, all unearned thanks to two KWU errors.

Friends starter Heather Breslin (JR/Anchorage, Alas.) shut down the Coyotes after that, not allowing a runner on base the final four innings of at bats for KWU. She earned the complete game victory on just 85 pitches.

Hudson and Kayhill had two hits each to lead the Falcons while Jenkins drove in two.

 

GAME TWO FINAL: (RV) FRIENDS 8, KANSAS WESLEYAN 7 (8 INNINGS):

KWU opened scoring in the 2nd inning in game two with an unearned run after a Falcon error allowed the leadoff hitter on who would later score on a sacrifice fly.

Friends took the lead in the top of the 3rd, scoring twice. I. Gonzalez singled to start the inning and Lindsay followed with a triple. Bruson drove in Lindsay in the next at bat for a 2-1 Friends advantage.

The Coyotes went back in front in the bottom of the inning, A double and four singles got them two runs and forced a Friends pitching change. Hali Walters (FR/Longmont, Colo.) came in with the bases loaded and one out and forced a pop out on the infield and a grounder to short to limit the damage and keep the Falcons within a run at 3-2.

The back-and-forth contest continued with Friends scoring twice in the top of the 4th to go up 4-3. Vanessa Oakden (SR/Clackamas, Ore.) led it off with a single and Casady Marlnee (SO/Augusta, Kan.) reached on a fielder's choice. After two outs, it was Lindsay again with the clutch hit, singling to left to plate Oakden. The Falcon runners moved up on the throw home and Brunson's single to left got Marlnee home.

Five hits and a Friends error allowed the Coyotes to get three runs in the bottom of the 5th to go up 7-4, but the Falcons didn't give up. In the top of the 6th, I. Gonzalez doubled to start the inning and scored on Brunson's single up the middle. Hudson, in another two-out situation, came up with the big hit this time, a home run to left-center that tied the game 7-7.

Both teams threatened with a hit in the 7th, but neither could score with Friends stranding their runner at third and Lindsay throwing out the potential game-winning run for the Coyotes at home to end the bottom of the 7th inning to send the teams to extra innings.

The Falons were able to get their runner placed at second for the international tiebreaker rules in the 8th with S. Gonzalez picking up that RBI and KWU left theirs at third to end the game.

Breslin came out of the bullpen for Friends to get her second win of the day, improving to 11-4 on the season. She allowed just two hits in 3.0 innings of work with one walk and one strikeout.

Six Falcons had two hits each and Brunson drove in three.

 

Friends continues on the road on Wednesday, April 19th when they travel to Winfield to take on rival Southwestern College. The doubleheader is scheduled for a first pitch at 5:00pm.

 

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