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- The University of Dayton softball team (1-5) opened the Frost Classic with an 11-10 extra-inning win against Cleveland State (1-5). In the second game of the day, the Flyers fell to the Tennessee Tech Eagles (5-6) 8-2.
Dayton was led by senior Brandy Brown who hit .833 (5-for-6) with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Senior Lauren Nacke had two doubles and one home run, while going 4-for-8. Junior Kathleen Maloof hit .444 with two home runs. Sophomore Kasi Vazquez also had two home runs.
Senior Pitcher Sarah Wedel (1-2) earned her first win of the season against Cleveland State in game one. Wedel had two strikeouts and allowed one earned run in five innings of action. Sophomore Alysha Isaacson pitched seven innings in two appearances. Isaacson had five strikeouts. Junior Sydney Cicchetti had three strikeouts in two innings of relief and freshman Kayla English had three strikeouts.
In their first game of the day, the Flyers came out swinging against Cleveland State, racking up 11 runs on 16 hits.
The Flyers hammered out four runs in the first inning, batting through the order. UD then added a run in each of the next three innings before Cleveland State responded with three runs of its own to cut Dayton’s lead to 7-3.
Senior Megan Barrett’s RBI-single brought home Isaacson to extend UD’s lead to 8-3 in the fifth inning. However, the Vikings came back with a five-run rally in the bottom half of the inning to knot the game at eight apiece.
In the top of the seventh, the Flyers pulled ahead once more on Nacke’s solo home run to lead off the inning. However, CSU once again matched Dayton’s output, forcing the game to extra innings.
With the international tie-breaker in place, Maloof was placed on second base to start the inning. With one out, Vazquez uncorked a two-run blast over the center field wall.
Cleveland State attempted another late-game charge, but fell short scoring one run in the bottom half of the eighth inning.
Tennessee Tech opened the scoring in the second game after a throwing error allowed two Eagles to score in the top of the third inning.
In the bottom half of the second inning, Maloof ripped a two-run homer to center field to knot the game at two apiece. However, the bats went quiet as Tennessee Tech added six more runs over the course of the game.
Dayton returns to action on Saturday against Belmont at 1:15 p.m. UD will also face Ball State at 3:30 p.m. ET.