February 25, 2011

Pitching woes continue for softball at New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Northern Colorado softball found itself down 6-1 before it could blink Friday night at New Mexico and the Bears failed to win two in-a-row for the first time this season in an 11-3 loss at Lobo Field.

The Bears (1-6) scratched together 10 hits for the second straight game and had three players finish 2-for-3 at the plate. A season-high 10 earned runs surrendered, though, was too much to overcome.

Senior Kelli Henderson started for the fourth time this season but struggled in her 2 1/3 innings in the circle. She surrendered eight earned runs on seven hits.

Henderson (1-3) struck out two and walked two before senior Jamie Juelfs (Fort Collins, Colo.) relieved her with 1 2/3 innings scoreless work.

Freshmen Kacey Morgan and Megan Wilkinson also pitched.

Northern Colorado, after falling 6-1 in the bottom of the second, started to claw back with a pair of runs in its half of the third inning.

With no outs in the inning, and sophomore Melanie Buol on first, junior Erin Geddis reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a throwing error. Wilkinson then followed with an RBI single up the middle but was thrown out at second by New Mexico's catcher.

Junior Erin Wilkinson then singled to right field, senior Kailee Vessey singled to left and Henderson plated Erin Wilkinson with an RBI single to right.

After Henderson stole second, Alex Neely grounded out to end the inning and the Bears' runs for the game.

The teams will play again tomorrow in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and game two will begin around 6:30.