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Softball - Fri, May 26, 2017
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CLERMONT, Fla. - The Marian softball team is down but not out after a 6-3 loss to Corban in the NAIA World Series Friday in Clermont, Florida. The loss drops the Knights to 47-5 this season and sends Marian to the loser's bracket.

Breena Smith got the ball for the Knights and she pitched three scoreless innings to start the game, matching Corban's Sabrina Boyd. Smith found herself in a bit of trouble in the first two innings, but worked out of two-on, two-out jams both innings. 

In the top of the fourth, the Marian offense struck first with a pair of runs. Riley Cripe doubled in a run to put the Knights on the board and she came around to score on a single from Vanessa Lay. After Smith worked a scoreless fourth, Corban fired back in the bottom of the fifth with three runs to take the lead. Back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases before a two-RBI double tied the game. Later in the inning, Corban took the lead on a sacrifice fly.

In the top of the sixth, Marian tried to rally, but left two on base. Corban added to its lead in the bottom of the inning with three runs on two hits, two hit by pitches and a walk. The Knights came to the plate with one more chance in the top of the seventh and put together a rally. Hannah Williams and Logan Personett led off the inning with singles. A pair of groundouts moved them around the bases and Williams scored to cut the lead to three. However, that was all the Knights could get and Corban walked away with the win.

Smith took the loss, her first of the season, to make her 27-1 overall. She pitched 5.1 innings and allowed six runs on six hits, while striking out three and walking five. Marian had eight hits with Personett and Cripe each tallying two. 

Marian will face Warner at 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

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Clermont, FL Legends Way Ballfields
Marian (Ind.)PitchingCorban (Ore.)
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