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Grand Slam Propels Griffin Win

The Fontbonne University women's softball team snapped their 9-game NCAA Regional losing streak today defeating Augustana College 5-2 in the Pella, Iowa Regional. The Griffins improved to 34-10 and tied a school record for most wins in a season.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, sophomore Danni Glixman sent the ball over the fence with the bases loaded and one out delivering a game-winning grand slam. It was Glixman's first career collegiate grand slam.

Fontbonne took no chances for a seventh inning rally, bringing in relief pitcher Lindsay Schaefer for Rachel McCarthy. McCarthy got the win allowing one walk, two runs on seven hits and recorded two strikeouts.

Fontbonne found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first inning but in the bottom of the second, D. Glixman reached first on a bad throw to the first baseman. With Jessie Pratt's sacrifice bunt, D. Glixman was going for two, knowing the throw to first would occur. The Vikings, seeing her continuing to third, committed another throwing error, allowing D. Glixman to tie the game.

The Vikings would score in the fifth, and pitcher Sarah Hintz struck out five Fontbonne batters during the fourth and fifth innings. The Griffins caught a break in the bottom of the sixth as Hintz walked two and allowed a hit before the D. Glixman bomb. 

The Griffins' last win in the NCAA Tournament was in 2005. Fontbonne will take on the #2 seeded host Central College Friday at 4 p.m. Live video and audio broadcasting are available for fans.