April 18, 2008

Bears Get Pair of Home Victories

April 18, 2008

Game one
Game two

Northern Colorado's softball team is moving in the right direction.

The Bears overcame an early deficit to get a dramatic win in game one against Utah Valley on Friday night at Butler-Hancock Softball Field, and they used a two-inning burst of runs in game two to take both games of the doubleheader.

Northern Colorado pushed across the winning run in the seventh inning of the first game to win 7-6, and it scored three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth of game two to win that contest 6-2.

The wins were the Bears' third in a row, moved them above the .500 mark at home this season (3-2) and matched their win total from a season ago.

Northern Colorado improved to 10-31 with the victories, while the Wolverines fell to 8-28.

Jamie Juelfs relieved Hillarie Van Otterloo in the circle in the second inning of game one and got the victory, improving to 4-11 on the season. Kelli Henderson went the distance in the nightcap to improve to 2-8.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow, Saturday, April 19, with another doubleheader scheduled to begin at noon at Butler-Hancock softball field.

In game one, the Wolverines struck for three runs in the first inning and another three in the second, but the Bears kept Utah Valley from crossing the plate the rest of the game.

Down 2-0, Northern Colorado started its rally in the third inning when Kaylyn James knocked in a pair of runs with a double to left-center field. Abby Turner then knocked in another run and pulled the Bears within one when she singled to center.

Jessie Schoepflin then completed the comeback when she tied the game at six with an inside-the-park home run to left field. It was her first home run of the season.

Mackenzie Barrett then scored the winning run in the bottom of half of the seventh inning when, with the bases loaded, Turner's grounder to the Utah Valley third baseman was misplayed. Barrett was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and she advanced to second on Katelyn Landorf's single up the middle. The two then each swiped a bag when they caught Utah State pitcher Alli Bramwell napping in the circle.

Utah Valley then loaded the bases with an unintentional, intentional walk to Jamie Juelfs, setting the stage for Turner's game-winning heroics.

The second contest wasn't nearly as dramatic.

Kelli Henderson tripled home three runs in the third inning to put Northern Colorado up 3-2, and Kelley Johns, following a Katelyn Landorf single single down the left-field line that scored one, homered to left field, plating two and giving the Bears their final victory margin.

Henderson, who also tripled in the first inning of game one, got the first two three-baggers of her college career in the two games.

Johns' two-run blast to left field in game two was the second home run of her college career.