February 11, 2007

Bears fall to San Diego at UCR Invtational

Feb. 11, 2007

Box Score

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The University of Northern Colorado women's softball team picked up their first victory of the season in the first game of their Saturday doubleheader, before dropping the nightcap at the UC-Riverside Invitational.

Hillarie Van Otterloo struck out seven and allowed only two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win for the Bears (1-2) in a 5-3 defeat of San Jose State.

The Bears were down 3-2 after five innings when Addie Yestness sparked a two-run sixth inning with a base hit to right field. Ashley Geist followed by knocking in Morgan Dahlman, who had pinch run for Yestness, with a double to right field, tying the score at 3-3. The next batter, Laura Christianson, followed with a double of her own to plate Geist, giving the Bears a lead they would never relinquish.

Casey Hogue added a 7th inning home run to provide some breathing room.

Christianson led the Bears in the first game, going 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Northern Colorado wasn't as fortunate in their second game of the afternoon, falling to San Diego 9-0.

The Bears were two-hit by San Diego, which scored what would be the game-winning run in the first inning.

Shea Carpenter took the loss for the Bears, her second of the season, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing five earned runs. Walks hurt Carpenter, as the senior issued five free passes on the afternoon.

Jessica Schoepflin and Yestness were the only two Northern Colorado players to record a hit.

The Bears close out their play in the UCR Invitational with another meeting with the host Highlanders on Sunday. UCR defeated the Bears 12-2 in their season opener on Friday.