Emporia St. 3, Nebraska-Omaha 2 (10 innings)

May 12, 2005

EMPORIA, Kan. - Morgan Viola threw out the would-be winning run in the eighth and then drove in the winning run in the tenth as Emporia State (53-11) defeated Nebraska-Omaha 3-2 in the second round of the NCAA North Central Region. Emporia State's 53 season wins set the new MIAA record.

The Hornets will play in the semifinal Friday at 5 p.m. while UNO will play in the consolation first round at 3:00 p.m. The semifinal winner will await the winner of the consolation bracket and play in the championship game Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

ESU went ahead when Megan Davison drove in Kayla Hubbard and Jessie Wiard in the first inning. UNO then tied it when Lauren McArthur hit a two-run homer in the fifth, driving in Kelsey Warning, a hit-by-pitch victim.

In the eighth, UNO had runners at first and second when McArthur singled to shallow center field. Alison Jergensen's attempt to score from second failed as Viola threw the ball wide of the plate but in front of her. Catcher Courtney Stevens caught the ball and held on to the tag during the collision at the plate.

Melissa Stevens (26-4) earned the win for the Hornets as she struck out 12. Her home run to McArthur was the first allowed this year and the first in 621 official at-bats faced. She had last given up a homer May 6, 2005, to North Dakota State in the regional.

Jessie Wiard went 2 for 4 and extended her hitting streak to seven games while Hubbard was 3 for 5.

-- Courtesy Emporia St.