College of Saint Mary walked off in a 1-0 win against Briar Cliff Friday in game one of a GPAC softball doubleheader in Omaha before taking game two 9-0 in five innings.
Batters for each team were stifled in the opener thanks to great performances by the pitching staffs. Alayna Allen continued her dominance in the circle with 4.0 scoreless innings in which the Flames recorded just one hit with three walks.
Abby Straight was the starter for College of Saint Mary and also was a nonfactor in the decision. Straight went the first 5.2 innings with no runs allowed on three hits and four walks. She struck out five Chargers.
Kelsey Goodban earned the win, finishing out the final 1.1 innings for CSM. She walks one and struck out two without allowing a hit.
Lanae Shiley took the loss with 2+ innings of work, allowing one run on three hits. Shiley walks two batters and struck out one.
The three hits registered by the Cliff came from the top three hitters in the order as Bailey Nichols, Rachele Heaton and Summer Williams each had one knock.
Game two was a struggle for the Blue and Gold. The Flames scored five runs in the second and added a pair in the third and fourth innings to take the mercy rule victory. Briar Cliff recorded just two hits against Goodban as she earned her second win on the day.
“The team fell back into some bad habits today at the plate,” said head coach Erin Bly. “We still have a lot of season left for them to prove who they are.”
Williams and Nicole Wiles were the Cliff batters to record hits in the nightcap. Williams suffered the loss as she got the start but was taken out with one out in the second inning. She gave up four runs on three hits and a walk.
Leading the offense for the Flames was Emma Hofmaier who went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. Kimberly Merwald was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Straight had a home run and three RBIs in the contest.
The wins were the first GPAC victories this season for College of Saint Mary as the Flames are now 9-18 overall and 2-4 in GPAC play. The Chargers dropped to 7-16 on the season with a league record of 2-6. Briar Cliff takes on Morningside in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Morningside.