The opener was a pitchers duel between Camanche’s Morgan Mussmann and Marquette’s Danielle Bender. Although Marquette put more runners on base, the Indians managed to push the only run across the plate.
Allie Lefebure, Camanche’s right fielder who cut down a runner at the plate trying to score on a flyout in the third inning, started the rally. She led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a smash back up the middle.
A sacrifice bunt by Sydney Grell advanced Lefebure to second, and she advanced to third on Mussmann’s single to left. Addison McDanel ran for Mussmann and moved to second on a groundout, while Lefebure remained at third.
That brought up catcher Jordan Goldbeck, Camanche’s No. 9 hitter, with two outs. She hit a tapper in front of the plate, and Bender charged to field it and tried for the play at the plate instead of going to first, where she might have had a better chance for an out. The throw was late, and Lefebure slid across the plate with the only run of the game.
“Two outs and you’re going on anything, so I just went my hardest, and we were lucky enough that they didn’t get home with it,” Lefebure said.
“I thought they were going to get me,” Goldbeck said. “I didn’t really know what happened. I thought they threw when I got to first, and coach is like, ‘No, you’re safe.’ I was like, ‘Oh, that’s good. We scored then.’ “
A sweep seemed imminent when the Indians battered Marquette starter Nicole Blum for five hits and five runs while batting around to open Game 2.
“It (the first win) definitely got our confidence up,” Goldbeck said.
Lindsey Grams and Kylie Vogel started the game with singles, and a walk to Nissen loaded the bases. With one out, Lefebure launched a deep fly to left that left fielder Theresa Koos got to but couldn’t catch for a two-run double. Maddie Parker and Goldbeck added run-scoring singles later in the inning.