OTTAWA, Kan. – The Swedes softball team battled hard on their tough Monday road trip to Ottawa University. Bethany dropped game one 3-0, before falling in game two 5-3. The Swedes now move to 18-25 overall and 6-10 in conference play.
Game One –
The Swedes fought off Ottawa's consistent attack only allowing one run each in the third, fifth, and sixth inning. However, Bethany was unable to kick-start their offense losing the contest.
Ashley Nava, freshman pitcher, threw the majority of the game. The right-handed hurler threw 5.2 innings allowing three earned runs on 10 hits.
Game Two –
The Braves struck first in this game scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning. However, the Swedes came back fighting with a run of their own in the top of the second inning. Alyssa Sotelo, freshman infielder, singled to right then moved into scoring position on Alyssa Montoya's, junior infielder, sacrifice bunt. Sotelo then scored on an Endsley single to right field.
In the bottom of the third, Ottawa plated two more runs but the Swedes were again able to answer with a run of their own. Montoya got on a base thanks to a bunt single, she then moved around to second on a Brave error. Endsley then singled to right again, scoring Montoya.
However, the Braves then added another two runs to their score in the bottom half of the inning.
The Swedes scored one run in the top of the fifth inning starting with a Nicole Pendleton, junior utility, single to center. Jenna Carson's, senior infielder, sacrifice bunt moved Pendleton over to second. She advanced to third on Deanna Van Poucke's, senior outfielder, ground ball to the right side and scored on an Ottawa error on Emma Wager's, freshman utility, ground ball.
Unfortunately, the Bethany offense went quiet after that, getting close but they were unable to score giving Ottawa a second game win.
Aspen Atkins, junior pitcher, suffered the loss for Bethany. She allowed four runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings of play.
Endsley was an offensive powerhouse for the Swedes in game two. The sophomore went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in the seven innings of play.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes look to rebound quickly as they have another long week of play. The team travels to Tabor College on Wednesday, April 19 for a double header starting at 5 p.m.
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