April 27, 2007

Softball Upsets Cal Bakersfield to Earn Split on First Day of Independent Invitational

April 27, 2007

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

KENNESAW, Georgia - The University of Northern Colorado softball team scored four runs in the third inning to lead to a 4-3 upset win over California Bakersfield on Friday in the opening game of the Division I Independent Invitational, hosted by Kennesaw State.

Hillarie Van Otterloo, Addie Yestness, Casey Hogue and Jessica Schoepflin all had RBI hits in the third to put the Bears (8-38) up 5-0. Schoepflin had previously drawn a bases loaded walk in the second for the team's first run.

With Van Otterloo (4-11) in the circle, the five runs were all the Bears needed. The sophomore allowed four runs in earning the complete-game win, striking out four.

Van Otterloo and Hogue had two hits each to lead Northern Colorado, while Schoepflin had a team-high two RBI.

In the second game of the day, the Bears dropped a 7-1 decision to Kennesaw State.

Mackenzie Barrett drove in the Bears' only run in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring Laura Christianson with a double to left center.

Kelsey Dumler had the team's other hit, while Katelyn Landorf (1-8) pitched well in the loss, allowing just four earned runs in seven innings, striking out five.

The Bears continue the tournament with a Saturday doubleheader against North Dakota State, followed by a nightcap with South Dakota State, starting at 7 a.m. MT.

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