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Knights Rally Back From 4-Run Deficit to Beat Mesa


It looked as though the Knights were going to suffer another run-rule defeat to Mesa when they fell behind, 4-0, after two innings, but the Knights rallied back to win, 6-5, and evened the season series with the Olympians at 1-1.

Jazmine Hamme led the Knights offensively, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and two runs.

Amanda Muller gave up one earned run on nine hits with three strikeouts in seven innings and got her ninth win (9-6) of the season.

Mesa's first two batters of the game reached on consecutive errors and Mesa later loaded the bases with just one out. The Olympians managed to get two runs out of the situation, but it could've been much worse for Muller and the Knights. 

Mesa added two more runs in the top of the second on Brittany Kamfonik's 2-RBI double, which gave the Olympians a 4-0 lead.

The Knights loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth and finally got on the board after Muller's infield single. Lisa Ingels followed with a fielder's choice RBI to cut Mesa's lead in half at 4-2.

The Olympians scored a run in the top of the fifth, but in the bottom of the inning, Jazmine Hamme came up with Alex Ross on first base and blasted the ball over the center field fence for a 2-run home run that brought the Knights to within 5-4. The home run was her team-leading fifth of the season. 

In the sixth, Muller led off with a single and McKenna Clarke came in to pinch run. Ingels flied out, but two errors on Karla Ferreira's sacrifice bunt attempt allowed both Clarke and Ferreira to round the bases and score to give the Knights a 6-5 lead.

Then Muller retired the side in the seventh with two ground outs and a strike out to end the game. It was the Knights' second straight win, which improved their overall record to 15-12-1 and PCAC record to 5-5.