BREAKING: Cowgirls fall in final inning of Seattle Regional championship game

Published 8:53 pm Sunday, May 21, 2023

McNeese State’s dream season ended in heartbreaking fashion as Washington scored seven runs in the final inning to beat the Cowgirls 7-6 in the championship game of the Seattle Regional.

The Huskies will host a best-of-three series against UL-Lafayette in the Super Regional round, with the winner advancing to the Women’s College World Series.

McNeese was three outs away from its first-ever trip to the Super Regional round before disaster struck.

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McNeese built a 6-0 lead over the first six innings while starter Ashley Vallejo kept the Husky offense in check.

Washington turned the pressure up in the seventh and McNeese was unable to stop the outburst in time.

Jadelyn Allchin doubled to score Madison Huskey. Rylee Holtorf drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. A single by Kelley Lynch and Cowgirl error led to a third Husky run. Sami Reynolds hit a three-run, two-out double to tie the game.

Huskey doubled to score Reynolds with the go-ahead run.

Reese Reyna singled to lead off the bottom of the inning, but would advance no further.

McNeese took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Washington thrawted a McNeese squeeze play by getting the second out of the inning, but Chloe Gomez singled to score Alayis Seneca and Corine Poncho followed with a double down the left field line to score Gomez and Reyna.

Brooke Otto doubled off the left field wall to score Mariana Torres in the fourth inning, extending McNeese’s lead to 4-0.

The Cowgirls stretched the lead to 6-0 in the fifth. Emily Phillips walked with the bases loaded to score Reyna. Torres followed with a sacrifice fly to score Gomez.

McNeese forced a deciding game with a 1-0 win earlier in the day. Poncho produced the game’s only win with a towering home run to center field.

Whitney Tate made it hold up, throwing a complete game shutout. Washington loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Tate induced a game-ending grounder.

Tate allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out two.

UL-Lafayette advanced by beating LSU twice Sunday. The Cajuns won the opening game 7-4, then nearly blew a 6-0 lead in the second game before rallying for a 9-8 win by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

McNeese ends the season with a 47-16 record, setting a school record for wins. The Cowgirls were the first Southland Conference team to win three games in a season since 2003.