(Neb.)-Chadron State Rallies To Sweep UCCS
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CHADRON – The Chadron State College softball team rallied to score runs in the late innings and made them stand up in both of its games to earn victories against the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles, now 6-7 overall and 5-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to upend UCCS 5-4 in the first game before scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth in a 4-1 win in the series finale.
Chadron State will host the University of Nebraska-Kearney in a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday. First pitch is set for noon.
In the opening game, Amy Schartz got things going in the sixth inning when she hit a solo home run in the sixth to cut the Mountain Lions' lead to 4-1.
Prior to the round tripper, UCCS starting pitcher Becca Smith had allowed just three hits. However, after Schartz's homer, the Eagles strung together five straight base rips. Rebecca Wetsch hit a double to right field and Caity Pelayo, Shea Graham, Ashlynn Marino and Danielle L'Argent each provided singles.
Graham's shot to right field scored two runs and Marino and L'Argent also knocked in runs.
A big key to the win was the pitching of Aryn Grywusiewicz. In the complete game victory, she scattered 11 hits and struck out five, but more importantly she forced UCCS to strand 13 runners on base.
In the second game, UCCS scored an unearned run in the top of the first but CSC pitcher Kylee Polsley allowed only five hits the remainder of the game. It was the third straight game for Polsley where she didn't allow an earned run.
The Eagles' offense took a while to get going but they finally scratched runs across the plate in the bottom of the fifth. Wetsch led off with a single, Jessica Eatmon followed with a bunt single and then Rebekah Anthony drove in a run with another bunt single.
After Graham reached base on a walk, Katie Londo hit a chopper over third base that scored two runs.
Both Londo and Eatmon went 2-for-3 to pace the offense.
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