SAU softball
SAU softball
Game 1
Game 2
St. Ambrose
Roosevelt University
Softball - Thu, Apr. 27, 2017

St. Ambrose snapped its five-game losing streak with a 9-3 win at Roosevelt in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday. The Lakers won the opener 7-6 after a late rally.

The Bees got production up and down the order with Christina Pembrook leading the way in the second game. The sophomore went 3-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate, and got the win after allowing just one earned run over seven innings.

Pembrook got SAU on the board in the third. With the Bees trailing 1-0 and runners on the corners, she singled to right and when the ball got past the right fielder, all three runners scored.

In the sixth, with the lead trimmed to 3-2, St. Ambrose broke things open. Katyn Pica-Johnson started the inning with a triple to right. Madelyn Thompson walked and stole second. Ashley Yattoni followed with an RBI single. Two outs later, Anna Boffeli had a big double to left to score a pair to push the lead to 6-2. Pembrook followed with a double in the left-center field gap to score Boffeli for a 7-2 lead.

In the seventh, Pica-Johnson singled and Sophia Perea drew a walk. They eventually scored on a wild pitch and throwing error by the catcher for the final two Bee runs.

Yattoni joined Pica-Johnson and Pembrook with multi-hit games. Pembrook struck out four in moving to 6-5 on the season.

St. Ambrose nearly had the sweep but let the first game get away late.

Roosevelt struck early, taking a 3-0 lead after two innings. In the fourth, Layne Thresh had a two-out single up the middle to score Boffeli, who doubled earlier in the frame, to cut the score to 3-1.

An inning later, the Bees took the lead. Pembrook had the big hit in the four-run inning, a two-run single to score Megan Ballegeer and Thompson. Two other runs scored on Roosevelt errors as SAU lead 5-3.

The Lakers scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings but then Pembrook came through again. She launched a solo home run to left center with one out in the seventh to break the tie.

The lead didn't last. After SAU retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh, a triple, an infield single, a stolen base, a wild pitch and another single scored two runs as Roosevelt walked off with the win.

Pica-Johnson was charged with the loss in relief of Yattoni.

St. Ambrose will now close the regular season with a pair of non-conference doubleheaders, starting with two games at Coe on Saturday. That is followed by a trip to Augustana on Sunday.

The Bees, now 31-16 overall, finished fifth in the CCAC with a 14-10 league mark. The CCAC Tournament in Rosemont, Ill., begins May 4.