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SUU softball falls in home finale
by Tom Zulewski Iron County Today
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In search of its first series sweep of the Big Sky softball season, the outlook was bleak for the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Down by seven runs early, they weren’t about to let an opportunity get away.

The Sacramento State Hornets held on and played spoilers on Senior Day.

SUU rallied from a 7-0 deficit into a 9-9 tie, but Sacramento State scored three runs in the sixth inning and added a valuable insurance run in the seventh to hold on for a 13-11 win April 22 at Kathryn Berg Field. The T-Birds won the fourth of its five series on the Big Sky season, but fell to 9-6 in conference play.

Sacramento State started with a five-run first inning and added two more in the second to build the huge early lead, but SUU wasn’t about to throw in the towel. The T-Birds started the comeback with a six-run fourth sparked by a bases-clearing triple from Sarah Murphy and a two-run homer from Nicole Simonson that cut the Hornets’ lead to just 7-6.

After the visitors countered with two runs in the top of the fifth, the T-Birds found a way to pull even with three in the bottom half. Cedar High alum and sophomore second baseman Javlyn Weaver hit a triple to drive in two runs and Morgan Leonard plated Weaver with a single that tied the game at 9-9.

Sacramento State rebuilt the lead to four, but not before SUU made them sweat in the seventh. Simonson and Kendall Kapitzke came through with RBI singles for the final two runs, but the rally ended there and the Hornets escaped with a win in the series finale.

As they did last week against Idaho State, the T-Birds opened the series with a doubleheader sweep, beating the Hornets by scores of 9-3 and 8-7. Both games featured timely hitting in the late stages.

In the opener, SUU fell behind 2-1 after the top of the fifth, but rallied with two runs in the bottom half and six more in the sixth. The T-Birds led 5-2 in Game 2 after three innings and secured the sweep by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out home run from Kapitzke.

SUU finishes the regular season with a pair of road series starting at defending Big Sky champion Weber State on Friday.

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