Note: Saturday's game has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. due to inclement weather.
After two fly balls almost gave them the win, freshman catcher Avery Boley knocked a ball over the wall for a two-run walk-off home run on Friday as the Texas A&M University-Commerce Lion softball team snagged a 2-0 victory over the Tarleton State Texannes in the winners bracket of the NCAA South Central Regional at the John Cain Family Field in Commerce.
The win sends the Lions to the Championship game on Saturday, where they will face the winner of the loser's bracket contests on Friday.
For the second game in a row, the Lions found themselves in a pitcher's duel, where A&M-Commerce's Emily Otto and the Texanne's Jordan Withrow were lights out in the early going.
The Lions had a few opportunities to score in the contest, loading the bases in both the second and fourth innings, but couldn't get a run across. As the game entered the seventh inning, both pitchers were tossing shutouts and had given up just one hit apiece.
Otto allowed a hit in the seventh, but continued her dominant performance, striking out the final batter to give her team a chance to win it in the final frame.
The Lions got close early in the inning, with Kayla Kilcrease skying a ball that hooked just foul that was caught near the wall. Freshman Madison Schaefer almost sent Tarleton packing with a long fly ball to right center that was caught at the warning track. It seemed like this game would head to extra innings.
But following a walk to Kinsie Hebler, Boley continued the hot streak she started about a month ago, and cranked the ball over the wall in right field to win the game for the Lions.
Boley's hit was just the second of the game for A&M-Commerce. She finished one-for-three with the home run and a walk. Chelsea Slider went one-for-two and was hit by a pitch. Bri Sims and Jodie Hill didn't have any hits but both walked twice.
Otto had another stellar pitching performance for the second day in a row. She notched her 28th victory, 24th complete game and 13th shutout on the season, pitching all seven innings and allowing just two hits, no runs and one walk while striking out six. She also hit three batters.
A&M-Commerce improves to 40-12 on the season, while the Texannes drop to 40-14.
The win gives the Lions the rest of the day off, as they advance to the Championship game tomorrow. They will face Cameron University, as the Aggies swept through the loser's bracket on Friday to make it to the Championship.
A&M-Commerce will next play in the Championship game, scheduled for 4 p.m. on May 11 at the Cain Family Field in Commerce.