RIPON, Wis. - Marian University softball (21-11, 8-6 NACC) used a pair of big innings in the back end of a road doubleheader at Ripon to salvage a non-conference split.
The opener of the series was a pitching duel from the start that saw Marian outhit Ripon 6-3, but in the end it was an RBI single in the first inning that allowed the Red Hawks to down Marian 1-0.
Freshman Courtney Makinen was the lone player on either team with a multi-hit game going 2-3.
Senior Shannon Huray (11-7) took the tough-luck loss only allowing three hits and one earned run over 6.0 innings in the circle.
The Marian offense didn't take long to push across a run to open game two taking advantage of an error in the top of the first that allowed freshman Courtney Makinen to score.
The Red Hawks answered in the bottom half cutting the lead to 4-1 but a single from senior Tiffani Castillo in the fourth plated sophomore Olivia Hartley to put the advantage back at 5-1. MU then broke the game open in the sixth with Terrian recording another RBI single and Hartley driving in a pair with a single to set the final at 8-1.
Terrian finished 2-2 with three runs batted in and a run scored, while senior Nicole LaBeck finished 2-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Freshman Paige Michaelson (2-0) picked up the win allowing four hits and one run over 4.0 innings of work.
Marian returns to NACC play Saturday, April 22 for a noon doubleheader at Benedictine.