Marquette racked up nine runs with two outs in a 13-6 victory over visiting Covenant Christian Saturday morning at the MAC. The nightcap ended prematurely due to rain.
All nine Lady Blazers either scored a run or recorded an RBI in the opener. The Marquette offense tallied five extra-base hits; its first came two batters in when Mika Finney stroked a one-out double. She eventually scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the morning. Junior Sara Molina kept the carousel moving with a triple to center field that scored Summer Johnson from first base. Isabela Pacheco made it 4-0 four batters later on a two-run double to left, scoring Bri Moyer and Isabel Galindo.
The Lady Blazers added a run in the second. Johnson and Molina worked back-to-back two-out walks. The inning was kept alive with an infield error. Senior McKena Moore registered the RBI after she drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Lady Knights scratched across an unearned run in the visitor’s half of the third, but Marquette answered with another crooked number in the home half. The Lady Blazers again did damage with two outs as Ally McConnell and Finney took back-to-back two-out free passes. Johnson made Covenant Christian pay with a three-run blast to center that extended the Marquette lead to 8-1. Moyer hooked an RBI double down the left-field line later in the inning to give Johnson an eight-run cushion.
McConnell and Finney made it a 10-run game in the fourth. With Pacheco on third base, McConnell pushed a bunt toward first base that scored the Marquette second baseman. Finney then plated McConnell when she ripped a line-drive single to left.
Armed with an 11-1 edge, Johnson and the Lady Blazers were on their way to winning in five, but a pair of errors eventually led to Covenant Christian posting five runs to keep the game alive.
It was as close as the visitors would get, however, as Emily Lasky got in on the fun with an RBI single that made it 12-6. Johnson collected her fourth RBI of the day three batters later on a fielder’s choice.
Johnson accumulated 14 strikeouts in the circle. She went the distance to earn the victory. All six runs that were assessed to her were unearned.
Covenant Christian raced out to a 10-4 lead in game two of the twinbill, but heavy rain arrived in the third inning which forced the cancellation.
Marquette (4-9) will open the final full week of the regular season at East Chicago Central on Monday evening at 5 pm.