March 18, 2014

Bears Softball falls to Bears of Missouri State, 4-1

Collin Boyles

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Northern Colorado softball team outhit Missouri State in its one-game series on Tuesday, but the Bears of UNC were unable to convert the hits into enough runs as the Bears of MSU won, 4-1, at Killian Stadium.

UNC (7-23) recorded eight hits in the game including two from freshman Adeline Coldiron (Loveland, Colo.). She also scored the only run of the day for Northern Colorado in the second inning, while UNC left 10 runners on base for the day. The run answered two first inning runs by MSU (16-8), though.

"We were effective offensively getting our runners on base but we weren't able to capitalize with timely hits," Head Coach Shana Easley said. "We had several people making great contact on the ball but it just didn't fall our way."

The first batter in the bottom of the first inning was walked to put a runner on base, while a bunt and an error led to a runner on first and third. A sac fly and RBI single followed for  Missouri State's two early runs. The next two batters were retired to give UNC a chance to answer.

In the top of the second inning with two outs, Coldiron was able to single up the middle of the field. Junior Jaicy Sutak (Lyons, Colo.) then doubled for the second time this season to drive in one RBI. The score would prove as the only one of the day for UNC as the next batter was retired, while leaving one runner on base.

Freshman pitcher Jayme Reddacliff (Queensland, Australia) went through the bottom of the second and third without giving up a hit or a run. The fourth inning was her last, though, while getting in and out of a bases loaded jam. After the bases were loaded through the first three batters, a fielder's choice denied a run to score at home. A passed ball allowed each runner to advance, allowing one run in the fourth. Another out was made at home before a MSU runner was caught stealing at home to end the inning.

The Bears of UNC looked to answer the score again while loading the bases through five batters. With two outs and the bases loaded, a fly out ended the inning while stranding three runners on base. MSU was able to get one more run in while the final inning and a half went without a hit.

"Overall we are playing much better on both sides of the ball," Easley said. "We just need to keep improving as we head into conference play."

Reddacliff went four innings as the starter while senior Megan Wilkinson (Windsor, Colo.) finished the final three. UNC finished with eight hits while leaving 10 runners on base for the day. MSU recorded six hits while leaving four runners on base.

Northern Colorado will travel down to Arkansas tomorrow to face Central Arkansas in a doubleheader at 12 and 2 p.m.