Top seed Emporia State and No. 2 seed Nebraska-Omaha played a thriller Friday afternoon in Game 12 of the 2010 MIAA Softball Championship, and they will meet again at least once Saturday in the tournament championship.
Emporia State, powered by two home runs in the top of the seventh, defeated Nebraska-Omaha 4-2 to advance to the championship game with a perfect 3-0 tournament record. Omaha faced Fort Hays State in the final elimination game Friday evening and won, 8-3, to earn a rematch with ESU in Saturday’s title game.
Saturday’s championship is set to begin at Noon CT at the Blue Valley Sports Complex. If Emporia State wins, the Hornets are the 2010 MIAA Tournament Champions. If Nebraska-Omaha wins, the two teams will meet again at approximately 2 p.m. in a winner-take-all matchup.
Abby Hughes hit a game-tying homer, and Amanda Self delivered the game-winning two-run homer in the top of the seventh to give No. 17 Emporia State a 4-2 win over No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha and earn the Hornets a spot in the MIAA Tournament Championship game for the eighth straight year.
UNO took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Julia Krejci singled and went to second on Kristi Meneely’s sac bunt. With one out in the top of the seventh, Hughes sent the first pitch she saw from MIAA Pitcher of the Year Beth Haley over the fence in left field to tie the score. After MIAA Player of the Year Miranda Campbell lined a single to left, Self followed with a homer to right center to give ESU the lead for good.
Earlier in the day, (2) Nebraska-Omaha beat(5) Fort Hays State 8-3. Katelyn Hilton went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead Nebraska-Omaha past Fort Hays and into Saturday’s championship game against Emporia State.
Nebraska-Omaha led 5-3 heading into the fifth inning, where the Mavericks scored three runs to put the game out of reach.