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Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 Neutral: 0-0 KCAC: 0-0
Photo by Jim Turner
Photo by Jim Turner
Softball - Sat, May 6, 2017

GREAT BEND, Kan. – The Swedes softball team finished up their season this week at the KCAC conference tournament. After facing the no. 1 seed Ottawa University, the Swedes fell to Oklahoma Wesleyan. Bethany finished their season 20-31. 

Game One – Ottawa 8, Bethany 1 –

The Swedes stayed close in this one until the bottom of the sixth inning when Ottawa's bats came alive and they score six runs to go up 8-1. The Braves scored early with one run in the first, but the Swedes tied it up in the bottom of the fourth with a run of their own.

With one out, Alyssa Montoya, junior infielder, singled to third base. She then moved to third on an Elizabeth Endsley, sophomore catcher, single to right-center. Anna Crawford, senior infielder, then put down a squeeze bunt and Montoya scored. Unfortunately, a double-play ground ball would halt the Swedes' rally.

The Braves then scored one run in the fifth and six in the sixth to take the game 8-1.

Ashley, Nava, freshman pitcher, took the loss for the team. She allowed five earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings.

Game Two – Oklahoma Wesleyan 5, Bethany 3 –

All the action happened in the fifth inning of this game with all eight runs of the game scoring in those six outs. Bethany started things off in the top half of the inning plating three runs.

Crawford kick-started the offense with a single through the left side. Kelsi Henzie, sophomore outfielder, came in to run for some additional speed.

With two outs and Henzie on second, Nicole Pendleton, junior utility, reached base on a walk. Jenna Carson, senior infielder, then reached second base on an Eagle's error. Henzie scored on the play and Pendleton moved to third. Shannon Williams, freshman outfielder, stepped up and hit a clutch single to the left-center gap scoring Pendleton and Carson. However, a ground ball to the second baseman ended the Swedes two-out rally.

Unfortunately, the Eagles were able to answer with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Nava threw the full game for the Swedes allowing five runs, two earned, on 12 hits in six complete innings.

Williams' pinch hit single helped her lead the offense going 1-for-1 with two runs batted in.

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