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RU softball scores big comeback for 1st NACC Tourney win

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MONTGOMERY (WREX) — Playing in its first ever NACC Tournament softball game, Rockford University came out in style. The Lady Regents battled back from a 7-1 deficit through 5 innings to win 10-9 in extra innings against Benedictine.

Former Rock Valley College teammates Emily Cox and Mikayla Seay hit back-to-back homeruns in the 6th inning, and Cox followed that up with a 3-run homerun in the 7th inning. The Lady Regents tied the game on a passed ball to force extra innings.

In the 10th inning, Hononegah grad Seay blasted a 3-run homerun and that proved to be the game-winner. Benedictine would score twice in the bottom half of the 10th, but Annaka Bartz caught a line drive to end the game and give RU its first NACC Tournament game win.

Cox went 3-5 with 2 homeruns,3 runs scored and 4 RBI, while Seay posted an identical stat line.

Rockford advances to play Aurora Friday at 4 p.m., with the winner advancing to the NACC South Division Tournament championship game Saturday.

Derek Bayne

Derek Bayne joined 13 WREX as the sports director in December of 2011. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved back to Illinois after working several years in North Carolina. For any sports story ideas or tips, you can email dbayne@wrex.com.

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