Softball's comeback falls just short in finale of Miken Classic
By ZACH BOND
WACO, Texas – The Northern Colorado softball squad got down early and couldn't battle all the way back in its 6-4 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the finale of the Miken Classic at Getterman Stadium on Sunday morning.
The Bears finished the tournament 1-4 and now hold an overall record of 3-7 two weeks into the season.
In Sunday's finale, most of the Islanders' damage was done in the second and third innings, where they scored five of their six total runs. They added their sixth run in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead.
From there though, the Bears launched a furious comeback trying to send the game into extra innings. Most of the excitement came in the seventh and final inning. After scoring their first run of the game in the sixth, the Bears, behind a couple of walks and a couple of singles, managed to squeeze out three runs to cut the lead to 6-4. The Bears had a chance to tie things up with a runner on second and just one out, but they couldn't quite complete the comeback.
For the game, the Bears cranked out five hits and, as they shown a tendency to do, displayed some patience at the plate, working seven walks.
Five players each got a hit with Jaicy Sutak (Lyons, Colo.) and Lindsey Smith (Dallas, Texas) the two Bears credited with RBI during that three-run seventh. Both players finished 1-for-3. Smith earned a walk to go along with her hit.
Sophomore Mikayla Duffy (Grand Junction, Colo.) got the start in the circle and took the loss, moving her record to 0-2 on the season. After getting through the first inning unharmed, she gave up three runs in the second. She finished her day with two innings of work, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks.
Sophomore Kelci Cheney (Terrell, Texas) entered the game in the third for Duffy, but was tagged for three runs in the third inning. After her opening inning, she did manage to settle down and retire five-in-a-row before being relieved by Breeanna Holliday (Moorpark, Calif.).
Holliday finished the game, throwing 2.2 total innings of shutout softball, giving up just three hits and working around four walks. She also struck out a batter.
Sophomore Kaitlin Flynn (Johnstown, Colo.) went 1-for-2 on the day, continuing her strong tournament. On a weekend when the Bears' offense struggled to find hits, Flynn went 5-for-11 on the weekend. Those five hits accounted for more than a third of the Bears' total hits.
Next up for Northern Colorado is another tournament in another state as they kick off the Phyllis Rafter Memorial in Kennesaw, Ga. on Friday, Feb. 22. The Bears will take on North Carolina State, Kennesaw State, Bowling Green, Jacksonville State and Youngstown State over the three-day tournament.