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Story by Reinhardt Sports Information
Story by Reinhardt Sports Information
Softball - Tue, May 16, 2017

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - While No. 13 Reinhardt fell in a winner's bracket game, 8-2, to Ottawa Tuesday morning, the Lady Eagles rallied in an elimination game later in the afternoon to defeat host Morningside, 4-2, to stay alive in the Sioux City Bracket of the NAIA Softball Opening Round.

Reinhardt is now scheduled to face Ottawa Wednesday at noon in the championship game of the Sioux City Bracket; however, RU has to defeat Ottawa twice to move on as the Braves are undefeated while RU has one loss in the double-elimination event. If rain prevents the first game from being played, Ottawa will move on as the only undefeated team in the bracket. If Reinhardt wins against Ottawa and forces the "if" game but weather forces a cancelation of the "if" game, then Reinhardt would move on via NAIA policy regarding opening round tournaments.

Game Two
In the afternoon game, Reinhardt scored once in the second and twice in the third, then held on to defeat Morningside, 4-2.

In the second inning, Cassidy Howren threw out a Morningside runner who ventured too far off of third base, then Madison Luck got a pop out to end the inning with a runner stranded in scoring position. In the bottom of the inning, RU (43-15-1) would get three two-out singles, the last of which came off the bat of Maddie Evans to score Sarah Kate Jenkins and give RU a 1-0 lead.

The third inning saw RU take advantage of three Morningside errors on consecutive at-bats to score two runs. Hannah McKinley started the inning with a double, then when Taylor Braselton reached on a single, Hannah McKinley scored as an ill-advised throw to third went awry for the first error of the inning. With Braselton on second, Jessica Baker bunted and reached on a wild throw, sending Braselton to third. Jenkins then bunted to try to at least move Baker up to second, but another wild throw allowed Braselton to score, as the third error of the inning gave RU a 3-0 lead.

In the fifth, Morningside scored a run and had the bases loaded with two out, but a force out at third ended the inning. One inning later, with two runners on and no one out, Maci Mills came on in relief of Luck. After a strikeout and a walk, a ground out to third allowed a run to score to make it 3-2, but there were now two out in the inning. Mills would then get a pop out to Angela Roberts at third to end the inning, as the Lady Eagles escaped the top of the inning with the lead.

Reinhardt would get the run back in the bottom of the sixth. Taylor Weeks started the inning with a double, and after a pair of fly outs, Braselton singled to right, scoring Weeks to double the RU advantage.

In the seventh, Mills would allow one runner but a fly out and a fielder's choice brought an end to the contest to give the Lady Eagles the win, keeping the 2017 season alive. For Mills, the two innings of work allowed the senior to pick up her first save of the season, while Luck earned her 20th victory of the year.

Game One
Reinhardt left 13 runners on the base as the Lady Eagles had plenty of chances, but couldn't get the needed hits to keep the game close as Ottawa earned an 8-2 win. The Braves scored twice in the first, and while RU scored in the second on an Evans double, Ottawa scored four in the third to pull ahead by five.

Down 7-1 in the sixth, RU came back with a run in the bottom of the inning on a Braselton RBI single, but Ottawa scored an eighth run in the seventh to post a six-run win.

Wednesday's first pitch in the championship game is scheduled for noon, while the "if" game would follow 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.