MACON, Ga. -- A stunning comeback rally in the top of the seventh inning fell just shy for Belmont Softball (21-6) on the final day of the Mercer Bears Classic. The Bruins were narrowly held off by Eastern Michigan (11-11), 4-3, in their first game of the day.
After posting a run in the bottom of the first frame, the Eagles added two more in the bottom of the second inning. The Bruins made a pitching change and were able to get out of the inning. BU trailed 3- for the next one and half innings before making its move. Senior Chelsey Deloney (Gardendale, Ala.) smashed a solo home run over the right fence to get BU on the board in the top of the fourth to begin the erosion of the Eastern Michigan lead.
EMU went on to add one more run in the bottom of the fourth frame to take a 4-1 lead. Belmont made one final comeback effort in the top of the seventh inning. Freshman Bailey Sims (Flowery Branch, Ga.) knocked a double to left field and was followed by a single deep to left by sophomore Hayley Baker to send her all the way around the bases. Sophomore Jordan Spicer (Hendersonville, Texas), who came in to pinch hit, and classmate Baylee Cook (Lewisburg, Tenn.) were both walked, loading the bases for the Bruins. Senior Kayla Wells (Bonney Lake, Wash.) came to the plate and hit a blooper over the third baseman to score a third run for Belmont. However, Eastern Michigan went on to turn an improbable double play with the next batter to thwart the BU comeback effort and hold out for the 4-3 win.
At the plate, Wells led, going 2-for-4.