It wasn't the most thrilling of endings to a softball game, but it did give McPherson College a 5-4 win over crosstown rival Central Christian College in game one of a Tuesday evening doubleheader at Wall Park's Hess Field.
The Tigers and the Bulldogs had fought their way into extra innings when Central pitcher Mallory Smith beaned McPherson's Ashley Love with a pitch in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded for McPherson. Whitney Miller crossed the plate for the walk-off win.
"We've been struggling here at the beginning of the year to get games in because of the snow and rain," McPherson coach Mike McCormick said. "We'll take a win anyway we can get it."
Neither team managed to get a run across the plate through the first three-and-a-half innings, when they managed to get a pair across.
Central (4-10) fired back in the top of the fifth, however, scoring three. McPherson tied it up in the bottom of the sixth, however, on an Ariel McGee solo homer to deep right-center to send the game into extra innings.
Central looked to take the win in the eighth inning, after Angela Jamison scored on a Desiree Yandell infield single, putting the Tigers up 4-3.
McKenna Deckard would tie it back up in the bottom of the frame off a Amanda Grace Baxter walk, setting up the Miller score to win the game.
"It's a tough way to lose a game, on a walk and a hit batter," Central Christian coach Chad Kerr said. "I feel really bad for Mallory (Smith). She pitched a great game."
Smith pitched the entire game for Central, giving up eight hits and striking out six in the 38 batters she faced. Brooklynn Lemons led the Tigers with 3-for-5 hitting, including an RBI. Shawna Has and Yandell both had a pair of hits. As a team, the Tigers were 4-for-9 with two RBIs.
Jenna Kaiser took the win for the Bulldogs. Miller went 3-of-5 for the night, while McGee had a pair of hits and an RBI. Mac College went 5-for-8 in game one with three RBIs.
The Bulldogs (5-9) took game two in easy fashion, winning 8-0. McPherson scored in every inning save the fifth, including a three-run second and a two-run sixth. Love picked up the win on the mound.