Sam Flerlage, Anna Boffeli, Coach Ron Ferrill and Lexi Quandt
Sam Flerlage, Anna Boffeli, Coach Ron Ferrill and Lexi Quandt
11
6
Game 1
6 Innings
Game 2
9 Innings
3
3
(12)University of St. Francis (Ill.)
St. Ambrose
Softball - Tue, Apr. 25, 2017

The Bees were two outs away from knocking off No. 12 St. Francis on Senior Night Tuesday at the St. Vincent Athletic Complex.

But the Saints, who had just one hit to that point, rallied for three runs in the seventh and ultimately scored three more in the ninth to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Bees by scores of 11-3 and 6-3.

The extra-inning loss in Game 2 wasted a strong start from Christina Pembrook. After holding USF scoreless into the seventh, Pembrook was charged with the loss while working all nine innings.

She had a 1-0 lead in the first. A one-out double by Anna Boffeli was followed by a two-out double from Morgan Krieger to get the Bees on the board first.

SAU had chances for more, leaving two runners on in both the first and third innings and leaving the bases loaded in the sixth. In the sixth, Pembrook doubled, Krieger walked and MacKenzie Taylor singled to left to put three on with no one out. But a strikeout, line out and fly out ended the threat.

Then came the seventh. After retiring the first batter, Pembrook allowed a walk before an error put two runners on. Another walk loaded the bases and the Saints took the lead with a bases-clearing double.

To their credit, the Bees battled right back in the bottom of the frame. Shianne Burks starting things with a single and Pembrook drew a two-out walk. Krieger came through with a two-run double to left center to tie the game and force extra innings.

But in the ninth, St. Francis scored three times on the benefit of three hits and two more SAU errors to get the win.

One bad inning did in the Bees in the opener. USF exploded for nine runs in the third inning to break open what had been to that point a scoreless game in the eventual 11-3 six-inning victory.

St. Ambrose got on the board in the fourth as Pembrook and Krieger hit back-to-back homers leading off the inning. Video courtesy SAUtv.

Lexi Quandt doubled to right center to bring in Mary Kate Kilfoy with the Bees other run that inning.

Julie Trellicoso picked up two of SAU's seven hits in Game 1.

Sam Flerlage was charged with the loss.

Between games, SAU recognized its three seniors playing at home for the final time - Boffeli, Flerlage and Quandt.

SAU, now 30-15 overall and 13-9 in the conference, will close CCAC play Thursday with a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. at Roosevelt.