San Francisco State withstood a pair of late rallies from Concordia-St. Paul and defeated the Golden Bears 3-2 in an elimination game at the NCAA Division II national tournament at Salem, Va.
The Gators (42-20) advance to face the loser of tonight’s Northern Kentucky-St. Mary’s contest on Saturday. Concordia ends its season with a 44-15 mark.
SFSU scored on a sacrifice bunt by Mary Cunnie in the second inning, and took a 2-0 lead in the third when Jordanna Freemer delivered an RBI single to score Vanessa Rodrigue, who doubled to lead off the inning.
Concordia cut the lead in half in the sixth inning, when Elizabeth Plante led off the inning with a single and Amanda Yurek followed with a double. Pearce was able to retire three consecutive batters to leave the runner stranded at second.
Rodrigue delivered an RBI double in the top of the seventh to give SFSU a 3-1 advantage, and Concordia loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning but was unable to tie the game after a run was walked home.
The Gators got a solid pitching performance from Holly Pearce (11-7), who scattered six hits in her first start in three weeks. Kristen Schmidt (27-8) suffered her second consecutive loss in the tournament.