Wilson's Walk-Off Winner Lifts Saints

Wilson's Walk-Off Winner Lifts Saints

With their backs to the wall, and season on the brink, the Saints of MNE responded with the best quality a softball team can have Sunday afternoon. That quality is heart!

After Del Tech beat MNE 8-0 Saturday afternoon to force the Saints to win two games Sunday, the task seemed daunting as Delaware Tech only had two losses all season and had one of the best pitchers in the country that also pitched a shutout vs the Saints a day ago.

Mercyhurst battled her Sunday morning but couldn't push a run across as the Saints entered the sixth inning down 1-0.

Julia Lang hustled and beat out a ground ball single with one out, then Lauren Nickerson singled with two outs to bring up Portia McBride. McBride singled to left to score Lang with the tying run.

Both pitchers then took over control for a while as the score remained 1-1 to the top of the 10th inning. Twice in between the Roadrunners had a chance to score but twice Lang gunned down the winning run at the plate to end the inning. Her two assists gave the Saints a chance.

In the top of the 10th, an error and a triple to the gap gave Delaware a 2-1 lead, setting up a do-or-die situation in the bottom of the 10th. With one out, Lang singled to right before a fly out put the Saints down to their final out of the season.

Lauren Nickerson fouled off several pitches to keep the at bat going, knowing if she missed any one of them, the season would end. Finally, she got a mistake down the middle and ripped a double down the left field line that would give the Saints 2nd and 3rd with two outs. McBride was intentionally walked to bring up Taylor Wilson.

Wilson, who was 0-6 off the Del Tech pitcher, fouled the first pitch back to the fence before ripping a hit to left field that scored both Lang and Nickerson with the winning runs as the Saints won in walk off fashion.

The Saints mobbed Nickerson and Wilson, knowing they would live to fight another game.

McBride was the winning pitcher, allowing just two runs, but neither was earned.