VIENNA - Ohio Valley University's first season in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference was a long one for veteran head coach Rob Graham and his Fighting Scots.
It ended with a loss Thursday night with an 11-inning thriller to No. 3 seed Cedarville, 7-4.
The Scots rallied from a 3-0 deficit to knot the game at four on a run-scoring double by senior shortstop Chanel Bouchard in the bottom of the seventh inning.
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Kentucky Wesleyan's Kelsey Miller attempts to slide around the tag of Ohio Valley University's Danielle Page but was called out during the Panthers' 6-1 opening round win on day one of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament in Vienna.
Neither team would be able to do much over the next three innings until the Yellow Jackets (29-14) broke through for three runs in the top half of the 11th to send OVU to its 32nd loss of the season.
Leadoff hitter Rachel Bull brought home the winning run with a two-run double to right field. First baseman Nicole Davis added a run-scoring single one out later to give Cedarville the three-run cushion.
OVU's attempt at yet another comeback fell short in the bottom of the inning when second baseman Bethany Wedmore was caught trying to advance to third on a grounder to short, designated player Maddi Wallace struck out looking and centerfielder Donna O'Bryant popped out to second.
Picking up the win was the Jackets' Courtnie Davis (12-7). The Cedarville hurler struck out seven in going the distance while the loss went to OVU's Kristin Brown (9-19).
Junior Kayleigh Schroeder led the Scots at the plate with three hits in as many official at-bats while O'Bryant drove in three runs with a pair of doubles.
Cedarville, which will take on the loser of No. 1 Trevecca Nazarene and No. 4 Alderson-Broaddus at 2:30 p.m., received three hits from Christi Kirkpatrick and two each from Bull, Davis, Kelsey Chapman and Carol Rice.
Kentucky Wesleyan 6, Ohio Valley 1
VIENNA -Opportunity kept knocking for Ohio Valley University's softball team Thursday in its Great Midwest Athletic Conference Softball Tournament debut, but the Fighting Scots couldn't answer the call.
Playing against No. 2 seed Kentucky Wesleyan, the Fighting Scots had their chances early, getting six hits in the first four innings. But none of those runners crossed the plate.
By the time OVU did score its one run of the game, it trailed 6-0 in the sixth inning. Kristie Brown led off the sixth with a double for the Fighting Scots and came around on a pair of groundouts as OVU suffered a 6-1 loss and was relegated to the loser's bracket.
Kentucky Wesleyan had taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning thanks to a leadoff error and a pair of singles.
Then, the Panthers exploded for five runs on seven hits in the fifth inning, essentially icing the win.
Brown, who pitched the entire game for the Scots, had a pair of doubles in the contest and Parkersburg South graduate Morgan Wilson had a pair of singles for the Scots, who kept leaving runners on base.
Casey Smith got the win for Kentucky Wesleyan.