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Stein's Extra-Inning Single Ends Year On High Note
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Softball - Sat, Apr. 29, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — An 11th-inning Sydney Stein single proved the difference as Goshen College edged the University of Saint Francis in game one of a Crossroads League softball doubleheader Friday in Fort Wayne. Game two of the twinbill was canceled, as was Goshen's season-ending doubleheader on Saturday against Marian, sending the Maple Leafs into the offseason with a win for the first time in 17 seasons.

Neither team registered a hit, let alone a run, in the first three innings. Sandra Rodriguez's infield single ended the no-hit bid of USF starter Heather Zengler with two outs in the fourth inning, while Cougar leadoff batter Lizzie Meyer singled through the left side for her team's first hit in the bottom of the inning.

Saint Francis (17-24, 14-21) broke through for the game's first run in the bottom of the sixth. Breanna Pryor and Meyer started the inning with walks before moving up 60 feet each on a double steal, marking the first time all day that a runner had reached third base.

Alexis Carpenter struck out the next batter for the inning's first out, but designated hitter Dana Claussen laid down a bunt single to score Pryor. A flyout and a fielder's choice ended the USF threat but left Goshen needing a run in the seventh to extend the game.

The Maple Leafs (10-27, 7-24) did just that after Brooke Maes led off with an infield single. She took second base on a sacrifice bunt and reached third base on a Brianna Sherman base hit before Stein walked to load the bases.

Taylor Sutliff drove in the tying run on a fielder's choice after the Cougars tried unsuccessfully to nab Maes at the plate, leaving the bases loaded with one out in a 1-1 game. Just like the Maple Leafs an inning earlier, though, the Cougars would escape without additional damage.

Neither team scored in the eighth or put a runner on base in the ninth, so for the second time in less than two weeks, a GC softball game ran long enough for the international tiebreaker rule to kick in.

A pair of hits from Candace Sutter and Emily Namisnak knocked in the runner from second in the top of the 10th; the Cougar runner would be retired on a one-out fielder's choice, but a double from the next batter knocked in a tying run.

Courtney Crapser started the 11th inning on base, and her run would prove the difference. She moved to third on a leadoff groundout before Stein's single back to the pitcher brought her home.

Carpenter closed out the complete-game win by fielding three straight groundouts in the bottom of the inning. She would finish with seven hits allowed, four walks and four strikeouts. Claussen took the loss in relief after Zengler threw 10 nine-hit innings.

Namisnak finished with three hits and Stein two for the Maple Leafs, who out-hit the Cougars 10-7. Claussen and Meyer reached safely three times for USF, with the latter including a walk in her total. Meyer and Abby Skura recorded doubles, the game's only extra-base hits. Pryor was 0 for 3 at the plate but scored both Cougar runs after reaching on two walks.

Goshen finishes the season with 10 victories, its most in five years, and seven conference wins, the third-best total in 24 seasons and most since 2003.

All-conference honors are slated to be announced next week in conjunction with the conference tournament, which will be held in Indianapolis on the home field of league champion Marian University.