(Neb)-Eagles, Roadrunners Split Doubleheader
CHADRON, Neb. -- Chadron State College and Metropolitan State University of Denver took turns in the hit parade, with CSC coming out victorious in the first game in an 11-0 rout, and the Roadrunners prevailing 6-3 in the second. The combined offensive output in just 12 innings was 20 runs on 32 hits, with only four errors.
"Our mentality going into the first game allowed us to keep putting good swings on the ball even though we didn't put any runs up immediately," said CSC Head Softball Coach Rob Stack. "We weren't swinging at stuff that was out of the zone. We stayed within ourselves and strung some things together and made it work for us."
Eagle freshman Jessica Jarecki earned the complete game shutout for her first outing of the weekend, hurling a three-hit game to go to 9-6 on the season.
Meanwhile the Eagle batters were relentless, recording at least one hit in each of four innings to finish with 11 in the game. They did all of their damage on the scoreboard, however in the huge third and fourth innings which allowed them to walk away after four and a half due to the run rule.
Ellie Owens, Taylor Bauer, Zoe Humphries, and Aspen Eubanks each homered, creating 7 of the 11 total runs. Lindsey Karlin got it all started with a single to left field which brought home Courtney Lecher, after Lecher walked and advanced to third on a throwing error by the MSUD catcher. Kayla Michel made it 3-0 on the next at-bat, plating Karlin and Sheyann Ludwig on another single.
Every CSC batter reached base on either a hit or a walk in the game, and every player who batted either scored a run or reached base to bring in a pinch runner who scored.
Roadrunner pitcher Hayley Fields suffered her second loss of the season, moving to 12-2.
Some of the magic left the CSC bats in the second game, but it perhaps moved to the opposing dugout as the Roadrunner hitters slapped out single-after-single in the third to go up 5-1 - a deficit from which the Eagles could not recover.
Prior to that, however, Chadron State took a brief 1-0 lead in the second, when Morgan Wilhelm hit a solo shot for the game's first run.
CSC reliever Dallas Magnusson did her job, beginning in the third inning, and pitched four and two-thirds innings to scatter four hits and allow only one more run across.
The Eagles' best rally attempt in the sixth inning fell just short. Ludwig led off with a solo home run. Karlin walked, and later Owens, pinch-running for Karlin, scored on a Wilhelm double into the back left corner of the park. However, Chadron State left two in scoring position as the inning came to a close.
Kinsley Mason received the loss, and evens her record at 7-7.
The two RMAC powers will battle it out again on Sunday, weather permitting, beginning at 11 a.m.
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