Purdue Northwest fell twice to Grand Valley State in Wednesday's doubleheader at Dowling Park.
PNW (6-14, 3-6 GLIAC) held an early lead and was tied in the seventh inning of both games, but couldn't outlast the league-leading GVSU (20-4, 11-1 GLIAC) squad.
GAME 1: GVSU 7, PNW 3
The Pride jumped out to a 3-0 advantage and stayed out in front as Courtney Blackwell blanked the Lakers through four innings.
However, that was all the scoring for the Pride as GVU's Hannah Beatus buckled down to secure her ninth win. The right-hander struck out 14 with six hits and four walks allowed. She retired 12 of the final 14 batters she faced.
The Lakers tied the game on a bases-clearing, two-out double by Nikoma Holmen in the fifth, and then tacked on four more in the seventh to pull out the come-from-behind victory.
Blackwell suffered the hard-luck loss, despite scattering just four hits outside of GVSU's scoring frames.
Taylor Stevens went 2-for-4 at the plate, extending her hitting streak to eight games, while Bravo collected two knocks and a walk. Aubrey Shroyer recorded her team-leading seventh double and she has now reached safely in 11 consecutive outings following the doubleheader.
GVSU outhit PNW 11-6 in the opener, led by Holmen, Lydia Goble (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Brooke Henning (2-for-4, 2 RBI).
GAME 2: GVSU 5, PNW 4
PNW plated a pair on Stevens' double in the third to take a 2-1 lead. Stevens, the reigning GLIAC Softball Player of the Week, leads the squad with 20 RBIs on the season.
After GVSU took a 4-2 lead, the Pride responded again with two more runs in the sixth to even the score.
Briana Poehler (2-for-3) roped an RBI double while Montana Martinez recorded a pinch-hit sacrifice fly. The sixth-inning rally started with back-to-back singles by Madison Schultz (2-for-3) and Jessica DeBoer (1-for-3).
Making her first start, freshman hurler Maddison Roop was solid across 6.2 innings with only four earned runs allowed and a pair of strikeouts.
GVSU pushed the go-ahead run across in the seventh after a pair of PNW errors led to a fielder's choice RBI.
Nine of the Lakers' 11 hits in the nightcap went for singles. The Pride tallied seven hits against GVSU's Ashley Platek, who improved to 6-2 in the circle following the complete-game effort.
PNW resumes the homestand this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against Ferris State (Sat.) and Northwood (Sun.) out at Dowling Park.