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  • Southern Utah Rallies to Close Out GCU Invitational with 9-8 Victory
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    Published - 02/24/14 - 08:30 AM | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Madison Resley leads SUU in home runs after blasting two at GCU. SUU Photo
    Madison Resley leads SUU in home runs after blasting two at GCU. SUU Photo
    (PHOENIX, Ariz.) – Southern Utah (3-12) closed out its appearance at the GCU invitational with a come-from-behind win over the hosting Antelopes (8-8) on Sunday. The Thunderbirds trailed by a count of 8-2 heading into the top of the sixth, but would plate seven runs in the inning to claim a 9-8 victory. SUU began the day with a 10-0 loss to Nevada (10-5) in five innings to finish 1-2 after facing each opponent three times over the weekend.

    Nevada jumped in front with five hits in the day’s first inning including a two-out RBI double off the bat of sophomore Hannah Harger that put her team ahead, 5-0. The Wolf Pack added two more scores in the fourth inning as Erin Jones brought in a run with a single to right and Jasmine Jenkins placed a sac-fly RBI into right field to extend the margin to 7-0.

    Three more runs in the top of the fifth would set the final count at 10-0 for Nevada. The last three scores came without a hit as the ‘Pack took advantage of a pair of walks and an SUU error.

    The T-Birds got two runners on in their last turn at bat with Jordan Theurer reaching on an error and Kelli Hales singling up the middle, but two quick outs from there would bring the game to a close.

    Theurer (2-4) made the start for Thunderbirds and was charged with all five runs in the first before giving way to Katie Greenberg. She struck out two batters and allowed four runs in 3.1 innings of relief and senior Ariel Hart closed out the final two frames.

    McKenna Isenberg (4-1) claimed the complete-game shutout by striking out two batters and giving up just three hits. Harger went 2-3 at the plate with three RBI for Nevada.

    Southern Utah fell behind early again in the second contest as a fielding error allowed a pair of runners to cross the plate to give the Antelopes a 2-0 advantage. Junior outfielder Haley Walker added a third score with an RBI double in the bottom half of the second.

    Hales and Kylee Wolf started an SUU rally with back-to-back singles to lead off the fourth. Resley drew a base on balls and Terysa Dyer brought in Hales with a bases-loaded walk. Greenberg then drove in Wolf with a hit to centerfield cut the difference to 3-2.

    Freshman Jenna Coates hit a three-run home run to left center in the bottom half of the frame as Grand Canyon racked up five runs on four hits to pull ahead 8-2.

    Southern Utah loaded up the bases in the sixth inning with nobody out before sending seven runners across home plate to come back to take the lead. Greenberg and Cora Cordova started the scoring with back-to-back RBI singles, Sara Park drove in another run, and Resley and Henderson both were hit by pitches with the bags full to bring in two more. Wolf came in for the go-ahead score on a wild pitch to make it 9-8, which would prove to be the final tally.

    Hart (1-3) closed out the game after coming on in relief during the fourth to earn her first win of the season. The senior right-hander allowed just one run on one hit while striking out three batters. Ashley Ostler struck out two batters and gave up three earned runs over after starting the first three innings.

    All nine batters in the Thunderbird lineup scored or drove in a run in the contest, and SUU outhit the ‘Lopes by a count of 12-9.

    Stephanie Pesquira (2-3) held the T-Birds to two runs on four hits over the first five innings, but finished with a line of eight earned runs on 12 hits with one strikeout.

    Resley posted a .500 batting average over the six-game tournament to go along with nine RBI and a pair of home runs to take the team lead with three on the year. Wolf also homered twice in Phoenix and collected three doubles.

    SUU will take a break next weekend before resuming play at the Colorado State Classic on March 7. The T-Birds will take on Dayton, CSU and Nebraska-Omaha during the three-day event. Coverage of Thunderbird softball is available online at www.suutbirds.com.

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