The Eagles softball team went 2-for-4 against Metropolitan State University of Denver Saturday and Sunday, winning the first games each day and losing the second games.
CSC run-ruled the Roadrunners in game one after four and a half, 11-0; Metro responded in the second game, winning 6-3.
Sunday, the Eagles won in an extra inning 4-3 in game three of the series before Metro returned the favor, run-ruling the Eagles 10-0 after six complete.
“I thought overall our team played super well, but we did struggle a bit against the pitcher in the second games,” Jessica Jarecki, freshman of Littleton, Colorado, said.
In game one, two singles and two home runs in the third allowed the Eagles to go up 7-0. Ellie Owens, freshman of Longmont, Colorado, sent one over the fence scoring Aspen Eubanks, junior of Broomfield, Colorado, and Alyssa Geist, redshirt freshman of Broomfield, Colorado. Taylor Bauer, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, also marked a home run.
Zoe Humphries, senior of Arvada, Colorado, smashed one in the fourth, scoring Lindsey Karlin, senior of Berthoud, Colorado, to put the Eagles up 9-0 before Eubanks sent her own over the fence. Kendyl Moody, sophomore of Lakewood, Colorado, scored the 11th run for the Eagles on a wild pitch.
Jarecki, the winning pitcher, threw five complete and allowed only three hits. She walked two, but struck out five.
In the second game, Morgan Wilhelm, senior of Littleton, Colorado, started off scoring for both teams with a home run in the second. Sheyann Ludwig, freshman of Longmont, Colorado, scored the other home run in the game in the sixth. Wilhelm also tallied an RBI in the sixth with a double that scored Owens.
But, MSU brought around five on five singles in the third, and one on a single in the sixth to win 6-3.
Kinsley Mason, senior of Loveland, Colorado, pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits; Dallas Magnusson, sophomore of Sterling, Colorado, came in as relief for 4 2/3 innings, allowing half as many hits.
CSC regrouped for Sunday to win in extra innings 4-3.
MSU scored in the first on a sacrifice fly.
Humphries’ attempt to throw out at third turned into an error and a score also in the first.
CSC then put three on the board with home runs from Humphries and Eubanks in the second. Bauer also came around on a single from Courtney Lecher, senior of Fort Collins, Colorado.
MSU tied things up with a sacrifice fly in the third.
Then, both teams went through the typical seven innings without scoring. The Eagles held up MSU in the eighth, but Allie Mason, freshman of Loveland, Colorado, hit a walk-off dinger for the 4-3 victory.
Jarecki was again the winning pitcher. She pitched all eight innings, with seven hits and seven strikeouts.
The momentum did not follow into the next game though, where CSC was shut out 10-0. The teams went three complete without scoring before MSU scored one in the fourth off a single, six in the fifth off two singles, two doubles, and a sacrifice fly, and then three in the sixth off a pass ball and single.
Kinsley Mason pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing six hits; Magnusson pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing three hits, and Megan Horn, freshman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, pitched the last inning, allowing three hits.
The Eagles will travel to Golden, Colorado, for a four-game series against Colorado School of Mines Friday and Saturday.
“For Mines this weekend, we are going to look to bring energy to the field and produce runs,” Jarecki said. “The last time Chadron State softball played Mines was a few years ago, so we’re all excited for this opportunity to finally play them again.
“We are a tight team and working together to finish conference toward the top of the standing to make it to the conference tournament this year,” Jarecki said. “We all want to finish strong for the seniors and for Coach Stack, with it being his last season.”