GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- May 5, 2017 --
Chadron State College softball remained among the three teams left alive in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday, after a three-game run put the Eagles into the championship "play-in" game. CSC went 2-1 on the day, dropping a close one 3-0 to host and No. 1 seed Colorado Mesa, before bouncing back with a 15-1 romp over Adams State and a close 2-1 victory over Colorado Christian in an evening clash.
"We're doing alright," said CSC Head Softball Coach Rob Stack. "The ladies just stepped up and got the job done. The girls won't quit. They know they always have an opportunity to be successful, and that means it will be there at the end of the game."
In the morning game versus CMU, CSC pitcher Jessica Jarecki
faced her second RMAC Co-Pitcher of the Year in as many games, giving up only six hits, but Mesa used a combination of timely hitting, sacrifice bunting, and sac flies to plate the only three RBI of the game.
was 2-for-3 in the game, but those two and freshman desinated player Ellie Owens
's fifth-inning single were the Eagles' only good swings on the ball.
In a mid-afternoon game, CSC blew past Adams State with a 15-1 win. Highlights of that game included an eight-run seventh inning powered by an Aspen Eubanks
grand slam. Owens also blasted two solo shots in the game. Winning pitcher Kinsley Mason
scattered four hits in a complete game that was a two-hit shutout through the first six innings.
Friday's late game was a nailbiter.
Colorado Christian went up 1-0 on an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Owens hit her third solo homer of the day, tying the game 1-1 in the top of the third. Three scoreless innings ensued beforeTaylor Bauer
put the go-ahead run across in the top of the seventh, with her first triple of the season, and freshman Jessica Jarecki
took care of two of the last three outs on her own, from the comfort of her pitching circle, notching a new school record 17th victory in 2017.
"Jess threw 150 pitches yesterday," said Stack, "and came back to throw another 12-plus today with our first game against Mesa and then this one. Kinsley Mason
did a phenomenal job against Adams and put us in this position. Taylor Bauer
really came up big for us with her RBI triple down 1-2 in the count."
Chadron State picked up its third win in the RMAC Tournament, a program first, and advances to 32-24.
The Eagles will advance to Saturday to play Colorado School of Mines at 11 a.m. The winner of that game earns the right to attempt to defeat Colorado Mesa on its home field twice on the same day for the RMAC Tournament Championship and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.