The Beavers won the hit battle 9-7 on Tuesday, but couldn't push enough runs across to get the win, instead losing 7-5 in seven innings to Principia at Elsah, IL.
Erica Wilson couldn't get it done in the circle for Blackburn, taking a loss. She allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings, walked one and struck out none.
Principia never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring three runs on a groundout by Ashley Shoemake and an RBI single by Samantha Bronkar.
Principia added three more runs in the bottom of the second. The inning got off to a hot start when Christine Nacewicz tripled, bringing home Lee and Thanda Kyaw.
After pushing across one run in the top of the fourth, the Beavers faced just a 6-1 deficit. A groundout by Melissa Heigert triggered the Beavers' comeback. Finally, Lee got Amber to ground out to end the threat.
Principia scored one run of its own in the fourth with Kelsey Whitney scoring an RBI single.
The Beavers scored four runs in the top of the seventh to cut its deficit to two. A two-run single by Meghan Ude and a two-run triple by Aimee Kerley fueled Blackburn's comeback. Principia's Lee induced a ground out to close things out.
Twelve hits weren't enough for the Beavers as it lost a shootout, 10-8 in seven innings.
Lauren Rhodes racked up three RBIs on four hits for Blackburn. She homered in the fourth inning, doubled in the fifth inning, and singled in the first and seventh innings.
Rhodes took the loss for the Beavers. She allowed 10 runs in six innings, walked three and struck out three.
The Beavers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. A single by Erica Wilson, scoring Abby Sutton started the inning off. Blackburn added more runs when Wilson and Heigert scored on a two-run single by Rhodes.
Principia scored four runs of its own in the first. They scored on a two-run single by Jessyca MacMullin and a two-run single by Samantha Bronkar.
Principia didn't relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the fifth inning when it scored on a groundout by Taylor Chichester and an RBI triple by Lee.
Blackburn is now 6-23 overall and 2-9 in conference. The Beavers will face MacMurray College tonight, April 16, in a rescheduled home conference game at 5pm and 7pm.
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