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(Neb.)- Eagles Clash With MSU Denver This Weekend

By: Jeremy Anderson Posted at: 04/07/2017 08:36 AM
CHADRON, Neb. -- Two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball powerhouses collide on Saturday and Sunday in Chadron, as the Metropolitan State University of Denver softball team joins Chadron State College for a midseason conference series.

The pair of teams finished second and third in the 2016 league standings. Currently, MSU Denver sits second in the conference standings at 20-4 in the RMAC and 28-11 overall. Chadron State is fourth at 15-8 in the league and 18-16 overall. The Eagles are only a half game behind Colorado School of Mines for third place.

Last year's series was two games, played in a three-team pod in Pueblo, Colorado. The Roadrunners won 8-3 and 2-0. The squads met a third time in the RMAC Tournament semifinals, with MSU Denver pulling out an eight-inning, 7-6 victory. The Roadrunners went on to win their next two and earn the tournament title and automatic NCAA berth.

MSUD returns all four of its All-Tournament Team members from one year ago in MVP Cassidy Smith, Colissa Bakovich, Kristyn Peters, and Sarena Espinoza.

Smith is part of a three-pitcher rotation that ranks third in the RMAC in team earned runs average with a rate of 2.99 per seven innings. She and Hayley Fields are both in the top five ERAs individually among RMAC pitchers.

Annika Anderson, the Roadrunners' junior slugger, has a .464 batting average which ranks fourth in the league. She is helping her team bat .340 for the season, which is second-best in the conference.

The four games are scheduled for doubleheader play on both Saturday, at noon, and Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m.


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