March 13, 2010

Softball splits with Gophers, Flames in Arizona

Final stats (Minnesota) | Final stats (Illinois-Chicago) | NC season stats

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Northern Colorado softball won its fourth game in five tries this morning with a 9-1 victory against the Minnesota Gophers before going cold at the plate in a 3-0 loss to the Illinois-Chicago Flames during the second day of the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.

The Bears (7-15) strung together 13 hits against Minnesota, including the second home run of the season from Noel Wees, a triple from Megan Hamilton and a double from Melisa Ryba. Northern Colorado was only able to scratch out two hits, however, against Illinois-Chicago.

Ryba (3-1) turned in another strong effort in the circle against the Gophers, scattering five hits in a complete-game performance and giving up just a single run. She also struck out two and walked just one.

The Bears scored a single run in the first against Minnesota and put up another one spot in the third. They then blew the game open in the fifth with five runs on four hits and two Gophers errors. Wees struck a major blow in the inning with a two-RBI single, and Lindsey Coward contributed a two-RBI a couple batters later.

Against the Flames, Northern Colorado was just unable to continue its momentum of the morning. Erin Wilkinson and Jessica McNabb each had singles and accounted for the Bears only offensive action in the game.

Jamie Juelfs (2-7) turned in a complete game, like Ryba did previously, and she gave up six hits and three runs in her time in the circle. She also struck out four and walked three.

The Bears got their single hits in the fifth and sixth innings and, besides getting a couple runners on because of Illinois-Chicago errors in the first inning, that's the only runners they had on base.

Northern Colorado will continue play tomorrow in the Wildcat Invitational with an 11 a.m. ame vs. Creighton.