DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Fifth-seeded Clarke scored seven unanswered runs, including six unearned, to climb back from a 5-0 deficit and eliminate third-seeded Mount Mercy from the Midwest Collegiate Conference Softball Tournament, 7-5, on Sunday at the SAU Dome.
The Mustangs held a commanding 5-0 lead after five innings, but then came the top of the sixth. The Crusaders scored five times with two hits and a pair of Mount Mercy errors to tie the game. Four of those runs were unearned, as were the two that Clarke got in the top of the seventh on two more Mustang errors.
Mount Mercy (27-18) had five errors in the game. Clarke (9-26) committed six miscues, but they weren't as costly. Four of the Mustangs' five runs were earned. Junior right-hander Catie Flaucher gave up just three hits while striking out five in five innings before giving way to freshman righty Liz Moore. She got the loss despite two solid innings in the circle. Moore (7-2) allowed just two hits and stuck out a batter.
Senior shortstop Brooklyn Schrader and junior center fielder Erica Soppe had two hits apiece for the Mustangs. Schrader, freshman first baseman Amanda Gaffey, freshman left fielder Alexis Ferguson and freshman designated player Whitney Matlack each drove in a run.
Clarke was eliminated a couple hours later by Grand View, 11-3 in five innings. The second-seeded Vikings and top-seeded St. Ambrose, winner of 16 in a row, will play for the tournament title tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Davenport.