ATLANTA - Finlandia ended up as runners-up in the Great South Athletic Conference softball tournament Sunday, falling 14-9 in a wild championship game against Agnes Scott College (Ga.)
After knocking Finlandia into the elimination bracket earlier in the weekend, Agnes Scott scored six times in the first inning of the title game. Finlandia recovered quickly and took the lead at 8-7 with a five-run fourth, but the advantage didn't last long, as Agnes Scott scored three times in the bottom of both the fourth and fifth innings and held Finlandia to one the rest of the way.
Senior Alexis Lawley, named GSAC Player of the Year earlier in the weekend, went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and scored twice. Senior Adrianna Osuna was 3-for-4 with two doubled and sophomore MJ Huffman was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
"I am very proud of our team as they fought through some adversity this season," coach Brittany Williams said in a press release. "They never gave up this year and finished the season on a high note."
Miranda Brewer took the loss for Finlandia.
The Lions reached the championship game by edging Salem (N.C.) College 4-3, scoring the tiebreaking run in the top of the seventh inning on consecutive singles by India Slayback, Huffman and Lawley.
Brewer earned the win in relief for the Lions, pitching the final 3 2/3 innings.
Slayback, Huffman and Lawley all had two hits apiece for Finlandia.
Agnes Scott tipped the Lions 3-2 in the winner's bracket semifinal. Lawley homered to give Finlandia an early lead, but two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth gave the Scotties just enough cushion to overcome a seventh-inning homer from Amanda Youker.
The Lions advanced through their first two games of the tournament Friday, getting a two-hit shutout from Brewer for an 8-0 mercy-rule win, then holding on in game two against Salem for a 10-9 decision.
The Lions led 10-1 after a six-run sixth inning and were within an out of ending the game early only for Salem to rack up six runs in the sixth and two in the seventh, stranding the tying run on second base.
Finlandia ends the season with a 14-18 record.