HSU softball earns extra inning win in Super Regional opener
ARCATA, Calif. – Kalyn Paque drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth to lead Humboldt State softball to a 3-2 Super Regional victory over Dixie State.
The Lumberjacks improved to 42-13 overall and will face the Trailblazers (42-13) Friday at noon.
"Our experience has been driving us," said Head Coach Shelli Sarchett. "It's nice to have five seniors in our infield, and we have a team that has been in these pressure situations. We're not play like we have our backs against the wall, we are just playing Humboldt State softball."
Arista Honey helped Dixie State take a 1-0 lead in the first. The Trailblazers' leadoff batter Janessa Bassett opened the game with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a ground out before Honey slapped an RBI single to left field.
HSU evened the score in the third when Kelly Sonneman crushed a double off the centerfield wall before coming home on a Tiffany Hollingsworth sacrifice fly.
Dixie State took a 2-1 lead with a solo home run down the left field line in the sixth inning, but HSU answered with a long ball of its own. Breonna Bejaran, the Jacks' home run leader, belted a two-out solo shot to centerfield to even the score.
Madison Williams struck out four of the game's last seven batters and helped the Green and Gold build momentum heading into the eight inning. Williams finished with 10 strikeouts and allowed just three Dixie State hits in her 24th win.
"Maddie is just big time, she's a gamer," said Sarchett. "The beauty of it is we don't rely just on her – we have a defense and an offense. Maddie stayed in there and kept us in the ball game long enough to push some runs across."
HSU's Winona Vigil set the table for the go-ahead run with a walk to start the eighth. Vigil moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a Hollingsworth single. Paque ended the game in the following at-bat with a slow roller to second.
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