(Neb.)-CSC Softball Sweeps Highlands With Offensive Onslaught
CHADRON, Neb. – March 3, 2018 – Chadron State College softball continued to produce offensively on Saturday, finishing the second day of play at home against New Mexico Highlands University with 25 runs on 22 hits in a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wins.
The games began at noon after the team spent the entire morning working diligently to dry the field sufficiently.
CSC pounced on Highlands early, scoring an 18-0 triumph in five innings in the first contest of the day.
Eagle pitcher Jessica Jarecki tossed a one-hit shutout, fanning seven batters. She entered the top of the fifth and final inning with 18 runs behind her and a perfect game on the line, before the Cowgirls recorded one hit and one walk.
The runs came fast and furious for Chadron State, beginning with an unearned run in the first whenKayla Michel scored from first on a single by Aspen Eubanks and a throwing error on the play.
True freshman Leilani Niccum solo homered in the second, before sophomore Alyssa Geist recorded her first career home run with a three-run shot to put together a four-run second inning.
The die was cast for the Eagles in the third inning, as they strung together eight runs with the aid of two Cowgirl errors. Julia Elbert's sac fly in the fourth plate appearance of the inning started the run, which took a major turn with Angelica Maples's three-run homer. Another homer, this time by Eubanks, was followed by pinch-hitter Francine Boston's RBI single to give the Eagles a 13-0 lead.
More pinch-hitting in the fourth produced an additional five runs as Lauren Renck recorded the game's only triple, and Jessica Kleine doubled to bring her teammate in. Allie Mason served up the game's final home run, putting three more runs across to get to the 18-0 final score.
The 7-2 CSC win in the latter contest was decided on a two-run homer by Niccum in the second inning. That stroke gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead after an RBI single from Eubanks in the first, and pitcher Megan Horn struck out 13 Highlands batters, holding the Cowgirls to two unearned runs, to complete the sweep.
Michel added a homer in the third inning, and CSC went into the sixth up 7-0, before NMHU finally got on the board for the first time all day.
For the series, Niccum led the Eagles batting 6-for-7 with five runs scored, seven RBI, and two home runs, and a double, posting an amazing 1.857 slugging percentage and a .875 on-base percentage.
Eubanks and Maples each posted five RBI apiece. Michel batted .500 (4-for-8) while walking three times.
The pitchers for CSC, both undefeated for the weekend, each allowed the Cowgirls to hit slightly over .150 as a team, totaling 28 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.
Spring Break on the CSC campus will be no obstacle for the softball team, as they remain at home next weekend to host Regis University, which is 10-8 (5-1 RMAC) after winning nine of its last 10 games with two to be played Sunday versus Colorado School of Mines.
(Courtesy Chadron State College)
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