Late run sends Harding to Central Region Super Regional

Late run sends Harding to Central Region Super Regional (image courtesy Harding Sports)

Harding sophomore Alexus Lawellin scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Lady Bisons a 4-3 victory over Winona State and the NCAA Division II Central Region 1 Tournament championship on Sunday at Harding Softball Field.

With the victory, No. 2-ranked Harding moved into the Super Regional next Thursday and Friday against Minnesota State. Harding will host the best-two-of-three Super Regional with Thursday's game beginning at noon. Friday's games are scheduled for noon and 2:30 p.m., if necessary.

It took two games Sunday for Harding to advance. Winona State (52-13) won the opener 3-2 to force the deciding game.

In the seventh inning of game two, Harding's Courtney Derrick led off with a single to left center, and Lawellin followed with an infield hit. Derrick was thrown out at third on a sacrifice attempt that sent Lawellin to second. Autumn Humes' ground ball to second base moved Lawellin to third. On Winona reliever Jordyn Kleman's second pitch to Kimmy Hendricks-Campbell, Hendricks-Campbell checked her swing on a high outside pitch that deflected off the glove of catcher Paige Keegan. Lawellin raced home from third and slid under Kleman's tag.

-Courtesy Harding Sports

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