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Cascade Conference Softball Scores & Highlights, Friday 4/8

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Carroll Sweeps EOU

Carroll Softball relied on clutch hitting and dominate pitching to sweep Eastern Oregon 5-1 in the first game and 7-4 in the second to improve to 17-15 on the season and 6-8 in conference.
Jaylin Kenney led off the first inning of the first game with a single to third base. She later reached third base on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. With two outs in the inning,Tianna Sell tripled on a ball that hit the right field foul line, scoring Kenney, and gave the Saints an early 1-0 lead.
Eastern Oregon was held hitless until the fourth inning when Cheyenne Barker got a fastball down the middle and crushed a home run deep over the center field fence. The Mountaineers tied the game at 1 after four innings.
The Saints answered back in the bottom of the fifth after a single by Allison Bayer down the left field foul line, scoring Paige Blake, and giving the Saints a 2-1 lead. Sell was next up and she took a high fastball over the center field fence for a two run home run and a 4-1 lead.
Saints pitcher Megan Gipe not only dominated on the rubber but also at the plate. On a 1-2 count in the bottom of sixth, Gipe took a fastball deep for a solo home run, the final Saint across the plate in the 5-1 win.
Gipe pitched a complete game, only allowing two hits and one run to a Mountaineers team that averages almost six runs per game. She improved to 4-6 on the season.
Sell went 2-3 on the day with one home run and three RBIs with a run scored. Bayer also hit 2-3, driving in one run and scoring once.
"(Gipe) had a great performance today." Head Coach Aaron Jackson said. "She only made one bad pitch and gave us a good chance to win."
The Mountaineers struck first in the second game in the top of the third inning. After loading the bases on three singles, Barker stepped up to the plate with one out. Barker got another fastball that hit too much of the plate, and she slammed her ninth home run of the season to put the Mountaineers up 4-0 after the third inning.
Haylie Van laethem started the game for the Mountaineers and held the Saints in check through the first four innings. However, Carroll got the board in the fifth inning after a Justine Taylor single to deep right-center field, scoring Blake. Bayer picked up a run with a single through short to score Kenney. Sell picked up her fourth RBI of the day with a single to center, scoring Taylor and cutting the lead to 4-3.
After two quick outs in the bottom of the sixth, the nine hitter for the Saints, Blake, singled to left field.  Kenney followed her up with another single, this time to center field. Taylor came through to tie the game with a single to left, scoring Blake and putting runners on second and third. Bayer laced a ball up the middle to score both Kenney and Taylor and give the Saints a 6-4 lead. Sell continued the rally with the fifth straight two out single, scoring Bayer and giving the Saints the 7-4 victory.
MacKenna Landis started the game for Carroll, going three innings, giving up four runs on five hits. Tess Eaton came in for relief at the start of the fourth inning and blanked the Mountaineers.  She gave up no runs and only two hits in four innings of work to pick up the victory to improve to 5-3 on the season.
"Tianna and Allison came up huge for us when we needed it the most." Jackson said. "We fight even if there are two strikes or two outs, we never give up."
The Saints do not get long to enjoy the sweep as they host a doubleheader on Saturday against conference opponent College of Idaho. The Yotes are 12-15-1 on the season after splitting their doubleheader against University of Great Falls.  First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Centennial Park.

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UGF Splits with College of Idaho, Captures First Place

What was a potent Lady Argo offense in Game 1, quickly cooled in Game 2 leading to UGF’s first loss in the last nine contests, splitting with The College of Idaho 8-3 UGF, and 4-2 CI.

An onslaught of run support for UGF in the middle of innings of Game 1 helped senior pitcher Keeley Van Blaricom (6) earn her eighth win and ninth complete game with a six hit effort over seven innings.

While the end result was good, the start was shaky. The first Coyote batter singled to right field and scored three batters later for an early C of I lead. The senior then settled down in the next two innings, giving the UGF bats time to wake up.

And wake up they did in the bottom of the 3rd, starting with a leadoff single from senior Chloe Cross (3). A double from the team’s RBI leader (15 RBIs) Alex Lowry (14) moved Cross over to third and Van Blaricom was then intentionally walked to load the bases.

Things then started to unravel a bit for the Yotes with a hit by pitch and an error bringing in two Lady Argo runs. Junior Alissa Keeler (13) drove in two more with a center to make the score 5-1 before C of I got the next three batter out to end the inning.

Despite a two run top of the fourth for the Yotes, Van Blaricom wouldn’t need any more help to extend UGF’s win streak to eight games. She received more help any. A two RBI double in the bottom of the 4th from junior Hali Gruntowicz (19) and a wild pitch in the 6th to bring Mindy Larson (4) home from third extended the lead to 8-3.

After Van Blaricom finished off the Yotes in the top of 7th, junior Shelby Abeyta started right were Van Blaricom left off, pitching four scoreless inning with just two hits. Her efforts weren’t pared with the same UGF scoring as Game 1, however, as UGF managed just one run off of C of I’s Ashley Pesek. That run was an RBI single from Lowry that drove in Cross.

One run wasn’t enough of a lead. The Yotes started to get the best of Abeyta in the top of the 5th. An RBI double and a passed ball brought in two College of Idaho runs. Another was earned in the 6th and another in 7th to put UGF into a three run hole entering the bottom of the 7th.

A double from senior Abby Ricco (31) gave hope for a UGF comeback. Larson came in to pinch run for Ricco and she was brought home with the next at bat, a single to left field by junior Haley Swan (27). With one out and the tying run at the plate, the comeback hopes were set to swing dramatically on Jocelyn Kaufman’s at bat. Her fly out to the catcher made a last inning rally possible but unlikely. The hopes were completely dashed with a Cross ground out that ended the game.

With the split against C of I and two losses for Eastern Oregon University against Carroll College, the Lady Argos take first place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference East Division with a record of 16-10 (10-6). The loss to the Yotes ends an eight game UGF winning streak but the Lady Argos will look to start another such run with a home doubleheader against EOU on Saturday, April 9. The games, which start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. are also senior day for UGF as they send off a class of nine graduating players. 

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