CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Lawrence University softball team lost a 9-8 heartbreaker to Macalester College in eight innings on Tuesday at the National Training Center.
Lawrence had taken the lead with a run in the top of the eighth before the Scots scored twice in the bottom half of the inning to win it.
Emilia Jackson made the start, exited after 4.1 innings and returned to pitch the final inning for Lawrence (1-7). She struck out one and walked one in taking the loss. Sophie Migacz worked the final seven innings to pick up the win.
The game was tied 7-7 heading to the eighth when they went to the international tiebreaker rule, and Jonjak was placed on second. Karnatz delivered a one-out double to score Jonjak and give the Vikings an 8-7 lead.
The Scots ended up loading the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning, but Lawrence got a force at home for the first out. An infield single allowed the tying run to score, and the Scots squeezed home the winning run.
Lawrence took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first as Jonjak belted a two-run single to highlight the inning. After Macalester tied the score at 3-3, Lawrence struck for two runs in the third. A single and two-out walk got the rally going, and Jonjak delivered a two-run double to put the Vikings up 5-3.
Lawrence rallied again in the fourth as Rachel Urich walked and stole second. Sofie Pedersen followed with a run-scoring single for a 6-3 lead. Madeline MacLean then delivered a two-out single to score Pedersen and put the Vikings up 7-3.
Macalester (6-6) then scored twice in the fifth and two more times in the sixth to tie the game at 7-7.