Magnusson, Eubanks shine against CCU
Chadron State won three games of a four-game series with Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, Sunday and Monday. The games were originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, but weather and field conditions forced the delay.
CSC lost the first game 3-1, and trailed 2-0 early in the second, but were able to heat up the bats, scoring four runs in the last two innings, winning 7-3.
Monday, the Eagles kept the bats alive, taking the first game 8-6, and held on to win the series finale 5-2.
The Eagles improved to 18-16 overall, 15-8 in the RMAC, closing the gap on the top three teams in the conference. CCU, ranked fifth in the conference, fell to 21-15, 11-9 RMAC.
In the first game, the Eagles recorded just five hits against the CCU ace, Kelsea Sweeney, redshirt freshman of Las Vegas. Sweeney improved to 11-4 after holding the Eagles to a lone run in the top of the third inning where Taylor Bauer, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, scored on a sacrifice fly from Sheyann Ludwig, freshman of Longmont, Colorado.
Freshman pitcher Jessica Jarecki, of Littleton, Colorado, gave up three runs on six hits, falling to a 6-4 record in the pitching circle.
In the second game, it was reliever Dallas Magnusson, sophomore of Sterling, Colorado, who earned the win, pitching the final three and a third innings, without allowing a run to cross the plate. The game was tied at three when she stepped in to replace Kinsley Mason, senior of Loveland, Colorado.
“I need to make sure I’m mentally tough as a relief so I’m ready to go in if the starters get in trouble or need relief for the game,” Magnusson said. “As a relief I know I need to get my job done but also I want to do good for the team and coaches because doing my job takes a lot of stress off them.”
Aspen Eubanks, junior outfielder of Broomfield, Colorado, led at the plate with three hits and three RBIs. Lindsey Karlin, senior of Berthoud, Colorado, followed with two hits and a pair of RBIs.
CSC battled back from a 6-4 deficit in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, scoring two runs in the fifth and seventh innings, winning 8-6. The Eagles called on Magnusson again to close out the game, this time relieving Jarecki, who pitched five and a third innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits and recorded five strikeouts. Magnusson gave up one hit through one and two-thirds, earning her third win of the season.
Kayla Michel, sophomore of Brighton, Colorado, gave the Eagles a big boost on offense, hitting two home runs, plating three runs. Bauer also hit a long ball, plating two runs. Eubanks continued her hot streak at the plate, recording three hits in as many appearances and an RBI.
In the final game of the series, Mason pitched five shutout innings, before giving up two runs in the sixth. Magnusson continued padding her stats, pitching one and two thirds to close the game, and earning her fifth save of the season.
Courtney Lecher, senior of Fort Collins, Colorado, recorded two hits in four appearances, scoring a run and driving one in.
The Eagles are back home this weekend, taking on the No. 2 team in the RMAC, Metropolitan State University of Denver. The Roadrunners are 28-11, 20-4 RMAC. Game times are set for noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Magnusson said that home field advantage will help give CSC an edge against MSU-D.
“We have amazing fans that come and support us,” Magnusson said. “They are always cheering for us and I feel as though that pumps us up. They keep the atmosphere really positive and as athletes we do need to feel that throughout the whole game. Having home field advantage, we know what the ball is going to do when it’s hit in the air or on the ground.”