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St. Ambrose
Purdue University Northwest
Softball - Tue, Apr. 18, 2017

Megan Ballegeer had an RBI single as part of a three-run fifth inning and the Bees threw the potential-tying run out at the plate to end a 3-2 win in the second game of a doubleheader at Purdue Northwest Tuesday. The Bees lost the opener 4-1.

The split keeps St. Ambrose in the heart of the CCAC race. SAU is tied with Judson in third place with 10-4 conference records, trailing just No. 12 St. Francis (14-2) and Olivet Nazarene (12-4). St. Ambrose is 27-9 overall.

Trailing 1-0 and with just three hits entering the fifth of Game 2 Tuesday, the Bees came alive. Shianne Burks started the inning with a double to left and Lexi Quandt drew a walk. Ballegeer followed with a single to center that was misplayed by the center fielder, allowing both Burks and Quandt to score. Ballegeer then scored on Julie Trellicoso's ground out for a 3-1 lead.

SAU's pitching and defense made that lead hold up although things got interesting in the seventh.

Addison Wickiser, who entered to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, faced a two-on, two-out situation in the seventh. She allowed a single to center that scored one run, but Layne Thresh cut off Sophia Perea's throw and threw to Quandt to get the second runner out at the plate to end the game.

Wickiser got the save in relief of Sam Flerlage. Flerlage allowed four hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings.

Ballegeer finished with two of SAU's five hits.

The Bees also managed just five hits in the first game, two coming off the bat of Trellicoso.

Her first hit, an infield single leading off the game, led to the lone St. Ambrose run. Trellicoso stole second, moved to third on Anna Boffeli's ground out, and scored on Thresh's infield hit.

That lead held up unitl the sixth when Purdue Northwest tied the game on a sacrifice fly. Then in the seventh, Ashley Yattoni ran into trouble. A single and an error followed by a sacrifice bunt put Pride runners on second and third. Yattoni got a strikeout for the second out but the next batter hit a walk-off three-run homer.

Yattoni took the loss despite allowing seven hits and just one earned run over her 6 2/3 innings of work.

SAU returns home to face Calumet St. Joseph in a CCAC doubleheader Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.