Eagles face difficult competition at Dixie State

After several close games at the Dixie State Easton Classic, in Utah. The Chadron State Softball team lost all five of the games they played this past week. Despite strong pitching, defensive errors and limited offensive production, the Eagles were kept out of the win column. The Easton Classic provided the Eagles with difficult competition including the No. 9 Dixie State Trailblazers.
The Eagles began the tournament Thursday, Feb. 8 in St. George, Utah by facing Montana State University Billings. The game featured superb pitching from both teams. Jessica Jarecki, sophomore of Littleton, Colorado, threw 10 strikeouts but was unable to get the win. The Eagles fell 1-0 in a defensive battle.
In their second game on Thursday, the Chadron State Eagles fell 7-3 to Northwest Nazarene University. The Eagles were unable to overcome a fast start from the Northwest Nazarene. The Nighthawks scored six of their seven total runs in the first two innings. After a pitching change, the Eagles settled down. Ellie Owens, sophomore of Longmont, Colorado hit a home run to start the seventh inning, giving the Eagles a spark. However, Chadron fell short and accumulated their fifth non-conference loss.
The theme of close losses continued Friday. The Eagles lost 8-6 to Dominican University of California. Chadron State gave up seven runs in the third inning. Once again, a strong seventh inning with three runs was not enough to produce an Eagle win. The losses to Northwest Nazarene University and Dominican University of California both fell on the resume of pitcher Megan Horn, sophomore of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In their afternoon game against California Baptist, the Chadron State offense was stifled. Despite a solid defensive performance, the Eagles fell 3-0. With Jarecki back on the mound for Chadron State, the Eagles only allowed four hits. Offensively the Eagles were held to a mere two hits and were unable to produce any runs.
The Eagles ended the weekend with a tough matchup against the No. 9 Dixie State Trailblazers. Jarecki pitched a complete game and once again, only allowed four hits. However, the Trailblazers capitalized on key errors committed by the Eagles and were able to score three unearned runs. Ultimately the Eagles fell 5-3 to end the tournament.
The Eagles hope to end their five-game losing streak Saturday, Feb. 24 as they begin RMAC play. Colorado Mesa will host a doubleheader. The Eagles will use the week off to prepare for the transition into conference play.

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