Eagles sweep BHSU for 2nd straight year

CSC’s softball team won the four-game series against Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, at the Chadron State Softball Field Saturday and Sunday.

Taylor Bauer (24), senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, tracks down a foul pop-up right before hitting the fence Sunday during a game at the CSC Softball Field.— Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

Taylor Bauer (24), senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, tracks down a foul pop-up right before hitting the fence Sunday during a game at the CSC Softball Field.— Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

The games ended with scores of 7-3, 4-3, 9-3, and 8-1, respectively, and all without needing the final half-inning.
The team evened out its overall record to 15-15, and boosted the conference record to 12-7.
In the series, Sheyann Ludwig, freshman of Longmont, Colorado, went 6-for-12, with four runs, seven RBIs, two doubles, and one home run.
Zoe Humphries, senior of Arvada, Colorado, and Kayla Michel, sophomore of Brighton, Colorado, each brought around four, while going 3-for-12, and 4-for-8, respectively. Michel tallied one home run, and Humphries, two.
Taylor Bauer, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, went 6-for-11, scoring five times, bringing in two. She hit one double and one home run. Allie Mason, freshman of Loveland, Colorado, also hit one double and one home run while going 3-for-10. She scored twice and sent in three RBIs.
Aspen Eubanks, junior of Broomfield, Colorado; Ellie Owens, freshman of Longmont, Colorado; and Lindsey Karlin, senior of Berthoud, Colorado, completed the nine home runs for the Eagles with one each. Eubanks went 3-for-9, Owens 2-for-8, and Karlin 4-for-9.
In two games, Jessica Jarecki, freshman of Littleton, Colorado, allowed 16 hits while striking out the same, and only allowing six runs and one walk. Kinsley Mason, senior of Loveland, Colorado, pitched 13 innings, allowing 14 hits and four runs. She struck out four.

Sheyann Ludwig, freshman of Longmont, Colorado, tags Black Hills State University’s Kindall Bethke (2), freshman of Belgrade, Montana, at second base Sunday in a game at the CSC Softball Field.— Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

Sheyann Ludwig, freshman of Longmont, Colorado, tags Black Hills State University’s Kindall Bethke (2), freshman of Belgrade, Montana, at second base Sunday in a game at the CSC Softball Field.— Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

The first game went scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Kendyl Moody, sophomore of Lakewood, Colorado, advanced to third on a pass ball and came home on the throwing error. The Eagles scored again the next inning when Ludwig knocked one over the fence to score herself and Courtney Lecher, senior of Fort Collins, Colorado. In the sixth, Humphries, Owens and Bauer sent three more over. Morgan Wilhelm, senior of Littleton, Colorado, came around in front of Owens to make hers a 2-run homer.
The Yellow Jackets avoided the shutout in the final inning scoring three on two singles, but the game still ended after six and a half.
Jarecki pitched a complete game with a 2.0 ERA, allowing eight hits and three runs. She struck out 10 and only walked one.
In game two, CSC again scored first in the bottom of the third, when Ludwig batted in her first RBI of the game—Bauer.
BHSU scored once in the fourth and fifth on singles, and once in the sixth on a home run.
In the fifth, Michel scored Ludwig on a single. Ludwig marked two more RBIs on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Going into the seventh, CSC was up 4-3 and after denying any runs, the game again ended a half-inning early.
Kinsley Mason pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out one. Dallas Magnusson, sophomore of Sterling, Colorado, came in as relief in the final inning where she sat one down.
Sunday, the Eagles added cushion to each of their wins going 9-3 and 8-1.
In game one, Michel scored Lecher on a single in the first inning to once again score first.
In the second, the Yellow Jackets knocked a home run to tie 1-1 before Eubanks and Allie Mason responded with solo home runs. Lecher also tallied an RBI in the second, bringing Bauer around.
CSC brought three more home in the third—Moody on an Allie Mason single; Owens on a Lecher sacrifice fly; and Allie Mason on a Ludwig single.
Humphries kept momentum in the fourth stroking a 2-run homer in the fourth, bringing in the ninth run.
Jarecki nearly matched her performance from game one. She marked at 2.0 ERA, eight hits and three runs. But she only struck out six Sunday compared to 10 Saturday.
In the final game of the series, BHSU changed things up and scored first in the top of the first, but CSC responded with two of their own—Lecher on a Michel sacrifice fly; and Ludwig on a Humphries single.
All runs were tallied by the end of the second inning where CSC brought six around. Bauer scored on a Ludwig double, Karlin then brought Ludwig around on a 2-run home run; Michel followed with a home run; Eubanks and Wilhelm scored on doubles from Allie Mason and Bauer, respectively.
Kinsley Mason threw seven innings for seven hits and one run, while walking one and striking out two.
The Eagles will travel to Lakewood, Colorado, to play against Colorado Christian University Saturday and Sunday. The Cougars are 20-12 overall and 10-6 RMAC.

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