February 24, 2008

Doubleheader Split Gives Bears Softball Third Win of the Season

Feb. 24, 2008

The University of Northern Colorado softball team returned home Sunday, Feb. 24, after finishing 1-5 on its trip to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

The Bears' victory came in their last game - a 6-3 win against Alcorn State on the final day of the Clarion Inn-Arkansas Invitational. Northern Colorado lost a 5-4 game to Creighton earlier in the day.

The weekend action gives the Bears a 3-12 record on the season. The team will next play Thursday, Feb. 28, in the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas.

The final round of the Arkansas invite started early for the Bears, who began their game against Creighton at 8:57 a.m. (Central). The teams were tied at three after three innings, but the Bluejays struck for two more in the fourth inning to pull away.

Northern Colorado nearly tied the game in the seventh inning. Third baseman Morgan Dahlman led off with a home run, pulling the Bears to within 5-4, but Hillarie Van Otterloo, who reached base on a single and later advanced to second on an error by the Creighton third baseman, was stranded to end the game.

Kelli Henderson (0-4) started in the circle for Northern Colorado, but she struggled with her control. She only allowed four hits, but her 12 walks gave the Bluejays plenty of opportunities.

Henderson did her part in the field, though. She finished two for three and had two RBIs. Shortstop Mackenzie Barrett and leftfielder Hillarie Van Otterloo also contributed two hits for the Bears.

Game two

The Bears jumped all over Alcorn State for their third win, getting four runs in the first inning and never looking back.

Centerfielder Jesse Schoepflin, who reached base with a single, second baseman Heather Buckley (throwing error), Barrett (single) and Henderson (single) all scored in the inning. In all, Northern Colorado got four hits in the inning and it proved to be enough.

The Bears' final runs came in the fourth inning. Right fielder Kaylyn James led off with a double and scored when catcher Jaycee Lovato followed with a single up the middle. Lovato then later scored on a triple by Schoepflin.

Jamie Juelfs (2-6) started in the circle for Northern Colorado and gave up three runs on three hits. She struck out four, while walking just one.

Courtney Maihi came on in relief in the sixth inning and shut down the Braves. She struck out two, walked one and gave up no hits.