While Friday's opener was a wild slugfest, this one was a pitcher's duel most of the way, with Augie lefty Carley Pickett locking Adidas Duramo 8 Womens
take a 3 1 lead in the fifth. Augie answered with two in the sixth on Kennedy's first homer and an RBI double by Jordan Schaffer, but the potential go ahead run was gunned down at home on the play.
SOSU shortstop Haley Strawn was 3 for 4 and made a huge defensive play with the bases loaded to save at least a run. Laramie Beal was 2 for 4 with two RBI and Sydney Kramer was 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.
"Our kids fought really hard," said Melsted, who will return everyone but Spanton, who played in four straight NCAA tournaments. "They had a phenomenal year. Only 16 teams in the country made it this far, so I'm proud of them. I give Southeastern a lot of credit. They knocked off a lot of great teams to get here and I wish them well."
Kennedy was 3 for 4 with two homers for the Vikings, while Schaffer and Peterson each had two hits. Pickett (17 7) worked all six innings in the circle (SOSU was the home team), allowing 10 hits and four walks while striking out two.
"Yesterday was pretty horrific," said McElroy, who allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings after giving up seven in 1 2/3 on Friday. "They jumped on me like they knew exactly what I was throwing (on Friday), so we changed it up. Usually I stick with one pitch, but today I didn't really ever know what I was going to throw. I think that really made a difference."
Augustana Carley Pickett pitches against Southeastern Oklahoma State during their Super Regional game at Bowden Field. SESO won 7 Adidas Duramo 6 Mens Trail Running Shoes
"It's too bad somebody had to lose," said Storm coach Ron Faubion. "This was a great ball game between two great teams. This shows you (how tough) the Central Region really is."
The first two Vikings went quietly, but with two outs and the bases empty, Sarah Kennedy blasted a solo homer to center her second homer in as many innings to bring Augie within 5 4.
Storm reliever Shayna Milam (8 3) got Carly Peterson to strike out looking, however, and the Savage Storm players poured from their dugout to celebrate.
The Vikings got to the Super Regional by overcoming an 8 1 deficit to beat Winona State in the regional championship, and surely that was on the minds of both teams when SOSU took a 5 3 lead into the seventh.
That brought Augie home run king Jenelle Trautmann to the plate representing the tying run, who walked on five pitches. Lindsay Spanton, the Vikings' lone senior, then fought back from an 0 2 count to double off the right field wall, advancing pinch runner Emily Heinz to third.
6.(Photo: Emily Spartz / Argus Leader)Southeastern Oklahoma State advanced to the Division II college softball national finals on Saturday, beating Augustana 5 4 at Bowden Field to sweep the best of three Super Regional and advance to nationals.
Said Augie's Spanton: "We didn't go out without a fight. I believe in every one of my teammates, Adidas Duramo 6 - Blue/Silver/Big Sur so yeah, I definitely thought luck was going to go our way that last inning. We just came up short."
The Vikings' season ends at 46 15. Augie was hosting the Super Regional for the third time since 2011, but for the second time in those three, they came up short.
horns with SOSU ace Mindy McElroy.
The Vikings lost both games by a single run and had tremendous opportunities to win both. They squandered a three run lead in Friday's 13 12 loss. They played from behind most of the game Saturday, but were in position to pull off another comeback in the 7th inning down to their last out.
Ironically, both teams hit leadoff homers in the first inning Caitlin Nichol for the Vikings and Jessica Simmons for the Storm but things quieted down from there, as the score remained 1 1 through four.
"Not only do you have to be a great team to win this time of year, you've got to have a little luck, too, and we didn't have any," said Augie coach Gretta Melsted. "You need to get some balls to bounce your way, you need to get some breaks and some calls, and we never did."
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