SAU softball
SAU softball
Game 1
Game 2
Judson University
St. Ambrose
Softball - Sun, Apr. 23, 2017

St. Ambrose had a lead in each game but couldn't close either one out in dropping a doubleheader to Judson by scores of 3-2 and 9-5 Sunday afternoon at St. Vincent's.

The losses drop the Bees to 30-13 overall and 13-7 in the CCAC.

A two-out error in the first inning of the first game helped SAU to a fast lead. Two-out singles from Christina Pembrook and MacKenzie Taylor sandwiched around a walk to Morgan Krieger loaded the bases. An error on Layne Thresh's ground ball allowed both Pembrook and Krieger to score as the Bees took a 2-0 lead.

Ashley Yattoni made that lead hold up until the fifth, when after retiring the first batter of the inning, she allowed four straight hits. Sam Flerlage entered in relief but allowed hits to the first two batters she faced before getting out of the inning. The Eagles scored three runs on those six straight hits to take a 3-2 lead.

After picking up three hits in the first frame, St. Ambrose picked up just two hits the rest of the way - a Julie Trellicoso infield single leading off the sixth and a one-out Taylor double in the seventh.

Trellicoso was erased on a double-play ball a batter later and Sophia Perea, pinch running for Taylor, was stranded at second to end the game.

Yattoni was tagged with the loss.

The second game saw the Bees rally late to take the lead only to give it away a half-inning later.

Judson led 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth. Then SAU came alive. Anna Boffeli doubled and Krieger singled before an error allowed one run to score. Pembrook had an infield hit before another error allowed the tying run to score. Thresh singled and Jordan Olson followed with a two-run double down the left-field line to give St. Ambrose a 4-2 lead.

But in the seventh, two SAU errors combined with six Judson hits, allowed the Eagles to score seven times. Six of the runs were unearned.

Pembrook, who capped the scoring with an RBI ground out in the bottom of the seventh, took the loss despite allowing only two earned runs in the complete-game effort.

Krieger finished with three hits while Pembrook, Taylor and Thresh each added two.

The Bees will host No. 12 St. Francis Tuesday on Senior Night. The team's final home games of the year begin at 5 p.m.