BOTETOURT, Va.- Southern Wesleyan had 12 hits in its 6-4 win in eleven innings against Emmanuel in their first game at the NCCAA Softball World Series.
The Lions (30-24) got on the board first as they scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Warriors (22-29) took the lead in the top of the sixth as they scored three runs off a single by Kelly Cooper to drive in Allison Barbee, Jessica Burks walked to score Lizzie Fela, and Sara Sweatt walked to score Katie Byrd. Emmanuel took a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth as they scored two more runs. Southern Wesleyan tied the game in the top of the seventh off of an RBI double by Ashleigh Wilbur that scored Fela. They gave up a walk to the Lions in the bottom of the seventh, but held them scoreless to send the game to extra innings.
Neither team put a runner on base in extra innings until the top of the tenth as Wilbur singled to get on base. She later advanced to third after a ground out by Byrd and a wild pitch with only one out. The Warriors next batter grounded into a double play to end the inning. Emmanuel was able to put a runner on base in the bottom of the tenth, but the Warriors held them scoreless once again. Southern Wesleyan put the only runs of the extra innings in the top of the 11th as Natalie Johnson scored off of a sacrifice fly by Barbee and Fela singled to drive in Sweatt. They forced the Lions to go three up and three down in the bottom of the 11th to seal the win.
Fela went 3-for-6 with two runs and one RBI. Sweatt batted 2-for-4 with two walks, one run, and one RBI. Wilbur went 2-for-5 with one RBI and a double.
Johnson pitched 5.1 innings and had four strikeouts. Barbee (1-1) pitched 5.2 innings of relief, allowed two hits, and had three strikeouts.
The Warriors will next face Mississippi College in their second game of pool play at 4:30 p.m.