SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Another day … another comeback for Morningside College softball.
Less than 24 hours after a remarkable eight-run fifth-inning rally highlighted a Great Plains Athletic Conference sweep of Mount Marty College, head coach Jessica Jones-Sitzmann‘s bunch was back at it Saturday, April 6, at Jensen Family Softball Complex. Trailing crosstown rival Briar Cliff University 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs got the rally caps out, plating two in the sixth and three in the seventh to conclude a 5-2, 6-5 sweep and run their current win streak to four.
The bottom third of the line-up led the way back. Junior Cortney Joiner (JR/Carlisle, IA) (Carlisle, Iowa) and freshman Carrington Entringer (FR/Baltic, SD) (Baltic, S.D.) each produced run-scoring singles in the sixth from the number eight and nine spots. In the seventh, junior Kelsey Spongberg (JR/Sutton, NE) (Sutton, Neb.), concluding a two-for-three, one-run scored, two-RBI contest, lined a sharp single to right that scored the tying runs. After a strikeout, Entringer stepped up and dropped a slow roller to first that was unable to be played on and sent sophomore Jayden Wood (SO/Gretna, NE) (Gretna, Neb.) racing home with the winning score.
Senior pitcher Hallie Misiaszek (SR/Mitchell, SD) (Mitchell, S.D.) wound up the winner in both games. She turned in a seven-inning, five-strikeout, six-hitter in the opener with just two runs allowed while freshman Ellie Cropley (FR/Sioux City, IA) topped the offense due to two RBI to help ensure the decision and came back for one inning of relief in game two where she put the Chargers down in order in the seventh. Her record moved to 8-2.
Morningside (15-6 overall, 8-2 GPAC) wraps up a six-game homestand Tuesday, April 9. The Concordia University of Nebraska pays a visit to JFSC for a 3 p.m. start.