EDMOND -- Northeastern State's season ended in heartbreak Saturday at the MIAA Softball Championship.
Ahead by a run into the seventh, Emporia State snatched a 4-3 win in walk-off fashion to end the RiverHawks' run.
A leadoff triple to start the seventh got things going for ESU, and they quickly tied the game with a single up the middle. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for the third time for the Hornets on Saturday. On a 2-2 pitch, the Hornets singled up the middle for the winning run.
Northeastern State finished their season with a 28-27 record and their deepest run in the MIAA Championship since 2014 where they reached the finals.
Freshman Alyssia Crick scored all three of NSU's runs and batted 4-for-4 at the plate. Senior third basemen Haley Acrey went 3-for-4 with a double in her final contest.
Crick knocked in two runs with a single in the second to center to give them an early 2-0 lead over the Hornets. In the fourth, Crick continued a torrid game and hit a first-pitch triple to right to add to NSU's lead, scoring Kelsey Harmon in from third.
The Hornets loaded the bases in the fifth, but the RiverHawks would not escape the inning unharmed. An NSU error plated two for Emporia State to get them within a run of the RiverHawks.
Hits were even ten at apiece. Gail Young (19-13) tossed her league-high 27th game of the season.
Season End Notes: Madison Boyd concluded her career at NSU as its all-time leader in hits (210) and at-bats (741)…Haley Acrey will leave NSU tied has its doubles leader (42), third in hits (187), and second in home runs (33)…senior Kyla Ibarra is tops at NSU with 64 runners thrown out...Alyssia Crick drew a program high 39 walks in a season…Young's 19 wins in the circle are second most in a season, and 27 complete games are also second most in a season at NSU.