March 31, 2007

Softball Drops Rubber Match to Portland State

March 31, 2007

Box Score

PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of Northern Colorado softball team either led or was tied until the sixth inning in Saturday's game at Portland State, but the Vikings rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fateful inning to steal a 6-2 win.

Jessica Schoepflin got the Bears (5-31) on the board first, when her triple in the top of the third inning plated Casey Hogue, after Hogue had reached on a single up the middle.

The Vikings (15-19) responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning, and the teams remained tied until the fifth.

Alyse Kochenberger opened the inning with a single down the rightfield line, and took second on a passed ball. After Addie Yestness laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, advancing Kochenberger, Hogue walked to put runners on the corners.

After a PSU pitching change, Laura Christianson hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that was deep enough to score Kochenberger, putting Northern Colorado up 2-1.

Portland State responded with their surge in the sixth, ending what had been a very strong pitching performance from Bears' starter Kelsey Dumler.

Dumler tossed 5 1/3 innings, finishing with two earned runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out three.

Hillarie Van Otterloo (2-10) had a pair of outs in relief duty, and allowed three earned runs on one hit and two walks.

Morgan Dahlman also had a hit for the Bears, who open a four-game series at Utah Valley State on April 6.