MOBILE, AL-An extra inning win in the nightcap and a late run in the opener helped Bishop State record a doubleheader sweep of the Marion Military Institute Lady Tigers here Wednesday, winning 8-7 in nine innings after grabbing the first game 7-6.
The Lady Tigers let a 5-3 lead slip away in the seventh inning of the second game and had the lead in the eight before Bishop tied the game again and plated the winning tally in the ninth.
In the nightcap, MMI struck quickly to build an early lead, scoring four in the first. Rachel Gauspohl followed two walks and a single by Taylor Miner with an RBI single for the first run. Taylor Anderson followed with a run scoring single and Andie Lopez walked with the bases loaded before Lauren Camacho's grounder plated the fourth run of the frame.
MMI rallied for two in the eight as Miner walloped a double for a 7-5 lead, only to have Bishop retaliate in its turn at bat to tie the score again. Bishop won the game in the ninth with a run-scoring single.
Anderson had three hits and Gauspohl and Miner two each the pace the 9-hit Lady Tiger attack.
The two teams combined for 35 hits in the opener, as MMI rallied from behind to knot the score, watched Bishop State pull ahead and then left the tying run in scoring position in losing the opener.
MMI spotted Bishop an early 3-0 lead but came back with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Lady Tigers notched their first run in the fourth on consecutive singles by Anderson, Gauspohl, Whitney Bennett and Jessica Lingelback. They added another in the fifth on Strength's triple and Miner's sacrifice fly.
Even though Bishop put a three-spot up in the fifth, the Lady Tigers made another comeback, tying the score as Gauspohl, Lingelback and Taranago singled before Soos chased in a run with a single. Sayrie followed with a triple, scoring three runs. However, Bishop pushed across a run in its sixth before the Lady Tigers left the tying run at second in their final at bat.
"We're still hitting the ball well enough to win," Coach Kristi Basso said. "However, we haven't learned how to close out an opponent. It's a long season and losses hurt, but you hope you learn from them and get better. We're close, but we just need to make more plays defensively to help our pitchers and get out of innings quicker."