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Carroll, UGF Softball Prepare for First Round of Conference Tournament

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Carroll Awaits First Round Opponent

Carroll College will play the winner of the UGF and Oregon Tech game, because the Saints have a first round bye as a reward for clinching the number one seed in the Eastern Division. Carroll split the season series with both UGF and Oregon Tech, but even after coming out as the top team in their division the Saints still feel that the pressure isn't on them, because as a second year program in its first conference tournament, people are still doubting them.

"I don't really think that there is a lot of pressure," said Saints sophomore pitcher Megan Gipe. "Even though we came in first in our division a lot of people still aren't expecting us to do much, and we're going to come out and show what we're made of."

"We're not looking at the UGF-OIT game," said Saints freshman catcher Tianna Sell. "We're mostly preparing for what we can do, and what we're going to bring to the table. So instead of thinking about what everyone else thinks of us, we're just worried about what we think of us."

UGF Seeks to end Losing Streak against Oregon Tech

UGF will be the first local team to see action and they will face off against a familiar opponent in #23 Oregon Tech. The Owls have taken the last four meetings, which includes both meetings at the Cascade-Frontier Tournament last year, and the season sweep back in March of this season. But the Argos say they won't be the same team in the rematch.

"We just didn't play the best that we could," says Junior Outfielder Hali Gruntowicz. "We were all nervous. So we got that out of the way. We're not playing at home. We're playing in a different location. They're a good team. So we just have to come out. We really have nothing to lose."

"We didn't hit like we wanted to," says Senior Outfielder Alex Lowry. "We didn't play defense like we wanted to. We gave up a lot of unearned run. So we're slowly picking up the pieces. We know they're a good team. we're not going to overlook them. We're just going to do the little things right and hopefully we can come out on top."

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