February 27, 2009

Softball's bats stay silent in pair of losses at Diamond Devil Invitational

BOX SCORE: vs. Southern Utah
BOX SCORE: vs. New Mexico State

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Northern Colorado's women's softball team hasn't figured out how to wake up its bats early on this season.

The Bears scored just four runs in a pair of losses Friday afternoon -- a 4-0 defeat to Southern Utah and a 8-4 loss to New Mexico State -- at Arizona State's Diamond Devil Invitational.

Northern Colorado (3-11) is now hitting just .217 this season after 14 games.

The Bears mustered a pair of hits in their loss to Southern Utah, but they were still in the game heading into the fifth inning. That's when the Thunderbirds posted a three-run frame to put the game out of reach.

Then, in Northern Colorado's second game of the day, the Aggies posted six runs in the first inning, setting the tone for the game.

Jamie Juelfs started in the circle for Northern Colorado against Southern Utah, and she fared well, giving up four runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.

Hillarie Van Otterloo struggled in her start against New Mexico State, failing to record more than one out. She gave up five earned runs on six hits in her one-third inning of work. Kelli Henderson allowed just two runs in her four innings of relief, but New Mexico State's quick strike was too much to overcome.

The Bears will return to the field tomorrow in Arizona, where they're scheduled to face Utah State and the host Sun Devils.