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Carroll Softball Scores First Win in Program History

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It took just two games to get it done. After falling in the first game to No. 17 Oregon Tech 11-2 (5 innings), the Carroll College softball defeated No. 15 Concordia (Ore.) 9-7 to earn the first victory in program history in day one of the Northwest Cup Tournament.

"What a great first win," head coach Aaron Jackson said. "They are a storied program and a perennial national tournament team. We got contributions from everyone on the team. It was a total team win."

Concordia built a 5-0 lead before the Saints got things going in the fourth inning. Allison Bayer hit the first homerun in Carroll history to left field to get the offense going.

Carroll added another run in the fourth off of a double by Taylor Ostwald that scored Kaydee Parsons.

In the top of the fifth, Concordia's Taylor Bussey got on base with a single but the next batter up hit into a double play and the final batter went down swinging to sit Concordia down 1-2-3.

The Carroll bats really got things going in the bottom of the fifth. The Saints loaded the bases for Parsons who singled to right to score Page Blake. Justine Taylor singled to right center in the next at-bat to score Jaylin Kenney. In the next at-bat Ostwald doubled to right center to give the Saints the first lead in program history, 6-5.

Concordia would answer back. They scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead.

The Saints would again answer the bell in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on second and third Bayer singled to left field to score Megan Gipe and tie the game at seven. In the next at-bat Kathryn Zink singled to left cent to score Jasyn Mulchay and Blake, and give Carroll a 9-7 lead.

Concordia went down in order in the top of the seventh inning to give Carroll the win.

"I told the kids to not let the monkey on our back," Jackson said. "People say the first one is the toughest, but we did let it get into our head. The girls came out, fired up and ready to play. And the shook off the jitters and got the win."

Jackson is excited to make a statement early with a squad that he believes is talented enough to compete with anyone on their schedule.

"I didn't make it easy on them," Jackson said. "We scheduled the No. 15 and No. 17 team in the country on day one and we came out with a split. We let everyone know that Carroll is here to compete. It is a great day to be a Saint."

The win was the second game of the day for the Saints.

"We had a lot of jitters for the first game," Jackson said. "We walked too many batters and didn't hit the ball very well. Fortunately the girls shook that off in the second game."

Oregon Tech scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take an early 6-0 lead. The Saints held the Owls scoreless in the third inning and got the ball rolling in the fourth.

Brittany Hogan began the fourth with a leadoff walk. She advanced to second on a single to left field by Bayer. Taylor grounded out to second base to advance both runners before a passed ball opened the door for Hogan to score the first run in school history.

It was fitting for Hogan to score the first run in Carroll history. Her father Jim Hogan is a long-time assistant coach for the Carroll football team and her brother played football for the Saints.

"That was a pretty special moment to watch her cross the plate," Jackson said. "She is a Saint through-and-through and her family means a lot to Carroll College. You couldn't script it if you tried but she will always be able to say that she scored the first run in school history."

Maddie Jones followed that run with a grounder to second base to score Bayer and the Saints cut the lead to 6-2.

In the bottom of the fourth Oregon Tech got back on the board with three runs to go up 9-2.

Carroll designated hitter Kenney reached on a throwing error to start the fifth inning but the Saints then went down in order.

Tre Sullivan walked to begin the bottom of the fifth inning for Oregon Tech and Tara Moates followed that with a home run to center field to put the Owls up 11-2 and end the game on the run rule.

The Saints continue the Northwest Cup tomorrow when they face Northwest Christian at 11 a.m. and the College of Idaho at 1 p.m.

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