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Softball - Sun, May 7, 2017

Vienna, W. Va. – The Midway University softball team returned to Jackson Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon as they went 1-1 on the second day of the River States Conference Softball Tournament.

In Midway's first game of the day, they would take on Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) in an elimination game. The Eagles got a walk-off hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the seventh to come away with the 8-7 victory.

After defeating Cincinnati Christian (20-18), the Eagles went on to face the team that handed them their first loss of the tournament on Friday, Indiana University Southeast. The Grenadiers (28-21) held the Eagles to one hit as they walked away with the 4-0 victory to eliminate Midway.

With the 4-0 loss to IU Southeast, the Eagles turnaround season comes to an end. Midway finished the regular season at 29-18 as they improved their win by 21 games after going 8-34 during the 2016 season.

Game 1: Midway 8, Cincinnati Christian 7

During the regular season, both games between Midway and Cincinnati Christian were both decided by one run. Their postseason affair would be no different as it was decided in the final at bat as Midway got a walk-off hit-by-pitch for the 8-7 win.

Midway led at three different times throughout the game, but each time, Cincinnati Christian came battling back. Midway scored two in the first, but CCU answered with three in the second taking a 3-2 lead

Then in the third, Midway scored three runs to regain the 5-3 lead. Cincinnati Christian, however, wouldn't go away as they scored two runs fifth, tying the game at 5-5. Just like the third frame, Midway scored two more to regain the 7-5 lead.

Unfortunately for Midway, Cincinnati Christian plated two in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 7-7, setting up a nail-biting finish in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded, Jasmine Jordan (Clarksville, Tenn.) was hit-by-pitch to force home the winning run, giving Midway the 8-7 lead.

Midway's offense was led by Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) as she went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman (Modesto, Calif.) added a 2-for-3 day with an RBI and a run scored as she started the rally in the seventh with a leadoff single.

Addie Murphy (Louisville, Ky.) and Jasmine Jordan each picked up an RBI, while Murphy scored two times. Gabby Bruner (O'Fallon, Mo.) and Carly Benz (Brooks, Ky.) both added two hits and two runs scored. Trista Craigmyle (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) came on to pinch-run for Mogelberg-Kauffman in the seventh as she scored the winning run when Jordan was hit.

Taking home the win in the circle was Tiffany Wickline. The senior tossed seven innings as she allowed seven runs – six earned – on 10 hits, while striking out three.

Game 2: IU Southeast 4, Midway 0

In their game on Friday, the IU Southeast pitching duo of Emily Weiss and Becca Schoenung tossed a three hit shutout. In the elimination game on Saturday, Weiss was at it again, this time tossing a one-hitter to send Midway home with a 4-0 loss.

Junior, Lynsie Clark (Morgantown, Ky.) tallied the only hit for the Eagles, while Katelynn Mogelberg-Kauffman and Addie Murphy both reached on a walk.

The Eagles tried to start a rally in the sixth inning when a Grenadier error opened the door for Midway. But with runners at first and second, IU Southeast got a strikeout to end the threat.

Taking home the loss for Midway was Emily McGlothin (Paris, Ky.). The freshman allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. Tiffany Wickline tossed the final two innings and allowed an unearned run in the sixth. 

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