After UCF forced extra innings, the Wichita State softball team scored three runs in the 10th inning to snag a 6-3 win on Saturday afternoon for its first conference road win of the season.
Madison Perrigan led the way offensively with two hits in five at-bats, while Hailey Martinez tied a career high with three strikeouts in her fourth start of the season. Erin McDonald totaled two strikeouts and obtained her seventh win of the season, pitching the final 4.2 innings.
Martinez recorded two strikeouts without allowing a hit in the first two innings, but UCF collected the game’s first hit off a bunt single to get the Knights’ offense started. Following a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball to advance the runner to third, UCF struck first off a single up the middle to take the one-run lead.
After two singles and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases for Wichita State in the top of the fourth, the Shockers scored off a UCF error. The Knights responded in the bottom of the fifth by loading the bases following a walk, fielder’s choice and error, eventually taking back the lead off a sacrifice grounder to the shortstop.
Laurie Derrico and Caitlin Bingham got on base in the top of the sixth by drawing walks, with the Shockers tying the score again off a UCF error. Coming in to pinch hit, Mauriana Jamele came in the clutch and hit an RBI single to right field that gave the Shockers their first lead of the game 3-2.
UCF responded with a leadoff double to left field, advancing to third base off a sacrifice bunt. Brooke Barlow came up with the RBI triple to tie the game at three, but McDonald forced a groundout to first base and a strikeout to prevent any more damage.
The Shockers were retired in order in the top of the sixth, with UCF responding by drawing a one out walk and a single to third base. McDonald, however, moved the game into extra innings by forcing UCF to hit into a fly out to center field and a strikeout.
Forcing the Shockers into a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the eighth, UCF responded with a leadoff double to right center to put the potential go-ahead run in scoring position. Like she had been doing the previous two innings, McDonald prevented any damage by forcing three flyouts to the outfield.
After retiring the Shockers into another 1-2-3, UCF got two runners on after a hit by pitch and bunt single. Despite Perrigan missing the pop up toward the batter’s box, she managed to start a 2-6-8 double play. McDonald then forced a fly out to left field following a single, moving the game into the 10th inning.
Buck led things off by reaching second base off a throwing error, with Perrigan driving in the go-ahead run off a left center double. Derrico followed up in the next at-bat, hitting her sixth home run of the season to extend the Shocker lead to three. UCF managed a double in the bottom half, but could not plate any runs, securing the win for WSU.
With that home run in the top of the 10th, Derrico needs just one home run to tie Cacy Williams (2014-16) for the most home runs in program history. Her two RBIs puts her two away from tying Ashley Lynn (2003-06) for third most in program history with 131.
Wichita State (22-17, 3-5) wraps up the series with UCF on Sunday, with first pitch set for 11 a.m. CST.