Softball: Northwestern State can’t hold large lead in loss to UT Martin

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Northwestern State softball couldn’t protect a seven-run lead Sunday as UT Martin scored eight runs in the final three innings in a 9-8 Lady Demons’ loss in the Frost Classic finale.

Just three of UTM’s eight runs were earned as the Lady Demons committed a season-high five errors.

UTM’s Rachel Williams provided a bases-loaded single to walk off the Lady Demons (7-8-1) in the seventh inning.

The Skyhawks (11-2) plated five runs in the sixth inning with three unearned. A Micayla Sorosiak fielding error allowed the first run to score before Carly Gonzalez and Alli Fulcher produced 2 RBI doubles to tie the game with two outs.

NSU starter Mikayla Brown allowed just one unearned in the first four innings before UTM scored seven in the next two innings.

Brown finished with seven runs allowed (two earned) on three hits, three walks and two hit by pitches. The Deville native tied a season-high with six strikeouts.

Reliever Katelyn Boles (3-3) entered an 8-6 game in the sixth inning with a runner on second base and no outs, and Fulcher (2-for-4, 4 RBIs) tied the game four batters later.

In the loss, Boles allowed two runs (one earned) in 1 2-3 innings.

UTM’s first three runs were all unearned after consecutive errors (Toni Hebert and Madelyn Matt) brought home one fourth-inning run.

An Adele Vincent throwing error contributed to Fulcher’s first two-RBI single in the fifth inning to slice NSU’s lead to 8-3.

NSU built its lead on the strength of home runs by Sorosiak and Brittney Jones.

Sorosiak’s second career grand slam was part of a five-run fourth inning started by freshman Elise Vincent’s RBI single to score Hebert (lead off single).

Vincent, junior Sidney Salmans (singled) and senior Kellye Kincannon (walked) trotted home on Sorosiak’s grand slam, her first since 2015 against Houston Baptist.

Jones continued to plow through her early-season slump with a three-run home run in the first inning.

Jones has hit all four of her home runs this weekend and is tied for the team lead (four) with Sorosiak.

Vincent and Kincannon scored, and Kincannon climbed to third on NSU’s career charts with 134 runs scored.

With a single in the first inning, Kincannon tied Cassandra Barefield for the program lead with 375 total bases.

UTM starter Sara Hooten entered the game with just three runs (two earned) allowed in 19 2-3 innings, but Hooten gave up seven runs in 3 1-3 innings Sunday.

Skyhawks pitcher Seeley Lane (1-0) picked up the win in her first extended action of the season with three hitless innings.

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