ANDERSON, Ind. — Anderson University junior Nichole Frazier hit a walk-off grand slam in the seventh inning to lift the Ravens to a 9-5 victory over Fontbonne on Friday.
AU will play at noon (Anderson time) today in a second-round NCAA Division III regional game against the host and No. 1 seed Illinois Wesleyan.
The Ravens capped a comeback from a 5-0 deficit after two innings as Anderson starting pitcher Sami Frazier failed to get the third out in the second. “When Fontbonne was squaring it up against Sami, they were hitting it solid,” said AU head coach Tony Holloway.
Frazier was lifted in favor of freshman Rachel Fiscus. Over the game’s final 5.1 innings, she gave up only two hits to the Griffins and no runs. Fiscus kept Fontbonne off the board and gave the Raven bats a chance to catch up.
That started in the third when the Ravens scored two runs when Morgan Burke walked with the bases loaded and Yardley Collett singled in another. But the inning still had a negative feel as AU left the bases loaded.
In the fifth inning, AU put some heat on Griffins sophomore starting pitcher Madi Leonard. After two walks, Collett singled to make it 5-3. Taylar Kelso hit a sacrifice fly and it was 5-4. Nicole Frazier struck out to end the threat, the third time she had fanned in the game.
Anderson’s deficit was still 5-4 when the team came to bat for the final time in the seventh. Shelby Shaffer tripled to open the frame. Leonard was lifted for relief in the form of Lindsay Schaefer. Burke greeted the new pitcher with a double that tied the game.
Collett, already 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in, was walked intentionally. Brynn Gooding was put in as a pinch runner. It was the second such substitution for Collett, meaning she was out of the game for good. “That was a roll of the dice,” said Holloway. “But if we didn’t score, we’d have to juggle our lineup.”