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UGF Softball Sweeps Carroll to Complete Regular Season

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The University of Great Falls softball team made sure it will enter the postseason with a winning streak.

The Lady Argonauts (26-16) swept Carroll 5-3 and 4-2 in Sunday's final regular-season doubleheader. UGF will be the No. 4 seed and take on fifth-seeded Southern Oregon in the Cascade Conference Tournament next Friday in Klamath Falls, Ore.

“Ending on a high note and beating a rival team gives us very good energy and momentum heading into the playoffs,” said UGF coach Joey Egan, whose team will compete in the Cascade Conference Tournament after earning admission to the conference earlier this year.

The Lady Argos closed out the regular season with a pair of victories over first-year rival Carroll on a cold afternoon at Multi-Sports Complex. UGF finished the season with a 9-3 mark against the Saints.

Egan's squad never trailed on the day, and solved Carroll ace Megan Gipe in the opener. UGF took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run home run from Kayeley Lyons.

The Lady Argos added two more in the third on a wild pitch and an RBI single from Brittany Franklin.

Carroll fought back against Lady Argos ace Keeley Van Blaricom with three runs in the fourth with home runs from Maddie Jones and Taylor Ostwald, but UGF added some insurance in the sixth thanks to a solo shot from Alex Lowry.

Van Blaricom struck out five and allowed five hits to earn the victory in the circle. Lowry finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Van Blaricom also scored twice.

“(Gipe) still threw pretty well, but our approaches to at-bats were a lot better than yesterday,” said Egan, whose team was two-hit by Gipe in a 3-0 loss Saturday. “I went through our lineup and figured out who has been hitting her and who hasn't, and I rearranged it that way.”

The Lady Argos jumped on Carroll starter MacKenna Landis in the bottom of the first in the second contest when Mindy Larson singled, stole third and scored on an error.

UGF pushed the advantage to 3-0 in the fourth thanks to a solo home run from Chloe Cross and an RBI single from Paige Bodner.

A two-run homer by Carroll's Allison Bayer cut the lead to one in the top of the sixth, but UGF answered when pinch-runner Kyra Dorvall scored on an error.

UGF starter Maureen Garcia worked the first six innings and struck out two while scattering seven hits to earn the win. Shelby Abeyta fanned two as she pitched a perfect seventh to earn the save.

“(Maureen) threw great,” Egan said. “Bringing in Shelby was just to close it out.”

Bodner drove in two runs while Larson and Cross each finished with a pair of hits.

UGF will play SOU at 10 a.m. Mountain Time on Friday. The Lady Argos dropped a 4-1 decision to the Raiders at the Northwest Cup in February.

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