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NORTH ALABAMA 9, UNLV 5
FORT COLLINS, CO — North Alabama assembled another potent offensive attack Sunday, moving past No. 3-seeded UNLV to advance in the 2022 NISC.
The Lions (40-18), who scored 18 runs Saturday in a win over Tarleton State, scored all nine their runs in the first four innings. Lexie Harper led off and reached on a error for North Alabama, coming around to score on a groundout by Georgia Land. The Lions plated three more runs in the second inning with RBI hits from Haven Kirby and Meleah Hargett.
The Rebels (38-14) came back with two runs in the bottom of the second, one on an error and the other on a sacrifice fly from Samantha Diaz.
North Alabama pulled ahead 5-2 when Sidney Bevis singled in Elena Escobar in the third inning. Kirby drove in another run later in the inning to push the Lions to a 7-2 advantage. Emma Broadfoot was another key contributor on the day with three hits, one a home run, and two RBI.
Mia Trejo countered for UNLV with a two-run blast in the bottom of the third, pulling the Rebels within 7-4 — that gave her the program’s career RBI mark (151). April Visser added a solo home run in the frame to make it 7-5. UNLV will play Rutgers on Monday in an elimination game.