HILLSBORO, Kan. – It was a tale of two games for the Swedes softball team today. First, the team gutted out a 1-0 pitching battle with the Tabor Bluejays before falling in an offensive dominated game two, 8-5. With this split, the Swedes now move to 19-26 overall and 7-11 in KCAC play.
Game One –
The single run in this game came in the top of the sixth inning. Alexis Martinez, freshman outfielder, reached base on a Bluejay error. She then moved over to third base with the help of two consecutive bunts by Emma Wager, freshman utility, and Deanna Van Poucke, senior outfielder. Jenna Carson's, senior infielder, single to shallow left field was enough to bring Martinez in for the sole run of the game.
Ashley Nava, freshman pitcher, did the work from the circle. The freshman right-hander threw seven shutout innings allowing just four hits during this time. She struck out four Tabor batters in her seven innings of work.
Carson, Wager, and Elizabeth Endsley, sophomore catcher, recorded hits for the Swedes. Carson added an RBI and Wager's poke was a double.
Game Two –
In this offense inspired game the Bluejays struck first scoring three runs in the bottom of the second, and one run in the third. The Swedes tied things up in the top of the fifth inning scoring four runs on five hits. Anna Crawford, senior infielder, singled through the left side to reach base. Then, her pinch runner, Kali Jacobson, freshman infielder, moved to second on Martinez's ground ball. Nicole Pendleton, junior utility, then singled up the middle scoring Jacobson. Van Poucke singled through the right side to get herself on and she and Pendleton advanced on a Carson single through the right side as well. With bases loaded, Wager doubled to deep left-center field clearing the bases. Unfortunately, that is all the Swedes could manage before the end of the inning.
The Bluejays scored another four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning before the Swedes could plate one in the top of the seventh. After Carson singled up the middle to reach base, she scored on a Wager double to deep left-center. However, this was all the Swedes had left in them and they took the split with the Bluejays.
Aspen Atkins, junior pitcher, suffered the loss for the Swedes. In 5.1 innings of work, she allowed eight runs on 11 hits.
Carson went 3-for-4 with a double in game two and Wager and Crawford each recorded two hits. Wager's two doubles were responsible for four runs batted in.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes next make the short trip down the road to McPherson College. Here the team will take on the KCAC opponent in a double header beginning at 1 p.m.
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