OMAHA, Neb. -- Grace Glotfelty's walk-off two-run homer helped the Bellevue University softball team earn a non-conference doubleheader split with College of St. Mary Thursday afternoon at Roy Smith Field. The Bruins fell in the opener, 9-7, in a game that produced eight home runs. BU took the nightcap, 7-6 on Glotfelty's heroics.
With the split, the Bruins move to 20-12 on the season. CSM is now 7-14 overall.
The Bruins will head to La Crosse, Wis. this Saturday and Sunday for a four-game conference series at Viterbo University. Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday's twin bill will commence at noon.
Game 1: College of St. Mary 9, Bellevue 7
The two teams combined for eight home runs as the Flames prevailed in the opener, 9-7. Fifteen of the game's 16 runs came off home runs, with five coming from the Flames.
Ellie Bliemeister led the BU offense, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.
The Flames took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run homer to left field by Whitney Chamberlain. A three-run homer to center field by Abby Straight, a solo shot to right center by Brittney Banks, and a two-run bomb to right field by Chamberlain pushed the Flame advantage to 8-0 in the top of the second.
A two-run homer to center field by Ellie Bliemeister cut the CSM lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the third frame.
Banks belted a solo shot over the right-center field fence to push the Flame lead to 9-2 in the top of the fourth.
A two-run blast to deep left field by Erin Sharpe brought BU to within five runs at 9-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Bruins scored an unearned run off a fielding error by first baseman Banks and another two-run shot by Bliemeister sliced the lead to 9-7 in the bottom of the seventh.
Kelsey Goodban (5-3) earned the win, giving up seven runs on eight hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings in the circle.
Brieanna Brock (7-2) suffered the loss, scattering four hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Game 2: Bellevue 7, College of St. Mary 6
Trailing 6-5 in heading into the bottom of the seventh, Glotfelty launched a two-run homer over the center-field fence to give the Bruins the dramatic 7-6 victory.
An RBI single to right field by Kinman and a three-run homer to center field by Kayla Young gave BU a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
The Flames responded in the top of the fourth, tying the game on a two-run triple to center field by Ashley Trendle, an RBI double to left field by Straight, and a run-scoring single to left by Isabella Shull.
The Bruins countered in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to right field by Egan to regain the lead at 5-4.
A two-run homer to center field by Straight gave the Flames their first lead of the contest at 6-5 in the top of the sixth, setting up Glotfelty's game-winning blast in the final frame.
Sharpe (4-3) earned the victory, allowing three hits and no walks with three strikeouts in three innings of relief.
Straight (2-4) suffered the loss, scattering seven hits with four walks and nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.