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UGF Softball Splits on Day One of Cascade Conference Tournament

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The University of Great Falls softball team is proving it can compete with the teams in the Cascade Conference.

The Lady Argonauts, who will join the Cascade as a full-fledged member next season, won their first playoff game 4-3 Friday over Southern Oregon before falling 3-2 to top seed Oregon Tech at the Cascade Conference Tournament.

UGF (27-17) will play Southern Oregon or Concordia in a loser-out game Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

“Our team is strong,” UGF coach Joey Egan said. “We played well today in both games. Oregon Tech is a tough team, and we put up a good fight against them.”

Oregon Tech scored single runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. UGF scored its pair in the bottom of the fifth on Morgan Robinson's two-run single.

UGF had just four hits – including two by Regan Rucks. Keeley Van Blaricom was the hard-luck loser as she allowed just an unearned run in three innings of relief of starter Shelby Abeyta.

“We have been practicing all year on how to come off a loss and win the next game with intensity,” Egan said. “Now we just need to put the practice to work.”

In the opener Mindy Larson's two-out, two-run double gave UGF a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. The Lady Argos added another run in the fourth when Robinson's triple scored Renae Nelson.

But SOU tied the score with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Larson regained the lead for UGF with an RBI single in the top of the seventh.

Robinson, Alex Lowry and Larson all finished with two hits. Cross scored two runs, and Van Blaricom earned the win as she struck out five while allowing three runs on seven hits in the complete-game performance.

If the Lady Argos win they would play again at 4:30 p.m. in another loser-out game. The championship game and second if-necessary game are scheduled for Sunday. The top two finishers advance to the NAIA National Tournament.

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