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DAVENPORT, Iowa – IU South Bend closed the regular season with the longest win streak of the year, as the Titans earned a doubleheader sweep at St. Ambrose on Sunday afternoon, winning 10-6 in game one, and 6-5 in extra innings in game two.
The two victories secure the No. 6 seed in next week’s CCAC Tournament, set to begin on Thursday in Crown Point, Ind.
The Titans (21-23, 12-10 CCAC) took an early lead in game one, opening with a pair of runs in the top of the 1st. The first two batters of the game would reach on error, allowing Maddy Edwards and Shelby Baker to each draw a bases-loaded walk for the 2-0 advantage.
St. Ambrose (26-15, 10-12 CCAC) rallied back with a run in the bottom half of the inning, but in the 2nd, Maddie Leisher extended the Titans’ lead with a two-run home run, her third of the season. After another run for the Bees in the bottom of the 3rd, IUSB would pull away with runs in each of the next four innings to build a 10-2 lead. St. Ambrose would make a late push, scoring four runs in the bottom of the 7th before the Titans closed out the victory.
Leisher finished the opener by reaching base in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks, a home run, three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Edwards picked up the win in the circle while going 3-for-4 with three RBI in the win.
In the second game of the day, the home team would strike first, scoring twice in the bottom of the 1st inning. After the first two batters reached base for IUSB in the top of the 3rd, the Titans got on the scoreboard when Kaylee Darnell scored on a wild pitch to cut the St. Ambrose lead to 2-1.
The Bees would rally back with runs in the 3rd and 4th innings, before an RBI single from Edwards made it a 4-2 score after the 5th inning. The Bees would again push a run across the plate in the bottom of the 6th to build a three-run advantage heading into the Titans’ last chance in the 7th.
A pair of walks for Leisher and Baker allowed Jaela Patton to drive in a run with an RBI double, then Baker would late score on a fielder’s choice to bring IUSB within a run. Emily Cave would tie the game on a fielder’s choice, scoring Haley Fair to pull even at 5-5 as the game would head to extra innings.
Olivia Zarantonello singled and Leisher walked to lead off the top of the 8th, and after a pair of fly outs, Emily Anglin put the Titans in front with a two-out single to right. Abby Yarnell closed out her seventh win of the season with a hitless 8th inning, closing the regular season with a winning conference record.
Yarnell allowed just one earned run over eight innings of work, striking out three.
The Titans will now prepare for their first-round matchup at the CCAC Tournament, where they will face off against 3rd-seeded St. Francis. The opening round game kicks off the whole event, with first pitch scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 5 at the Crown Point Sportsplex in Crown Point, Ind.