CLACKAMAS, Ore. - The young Eagle softball team put together solid back-to-back efforts today, but fell just short in losing to Concordia 1-0 and 7-4 in a CCC doubleheader this afternoon. Defense and pitching came through for NU as they stayed close with the Cavaliers.
Kelli Peckham threw a nice 6 -hitter in the first game giving up just one earned run as the Eagles held Concordia scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning when Kate Santos led off the inning with a solo shot to center field for the game’s only run. CU pitcher Ashley Suter allowed only two NU hits with Hannah Ganfield continuing her hitting streak and Rick Tacdol getting on base for Northwest U. The Eagle defense also rose to the occasion playing without an error the entire contest.
In game two, NU took an early 2-0 in the top of the 1st inning as Ganfield led off with a solo home run to center field. Vanessa Ahrendt took first on a base on balls and Lauren Robinson stepped up and doubled down the right field line as Ahrendt would score after an error by the Cavalier left fielder. CU scored 3 in their half of the inning as Kate Santos would hit a three run home run to give the Cavs the 3-2 lead.
The game would remain scoreless until the top of the 4th when Lynzee Halcott led off with a round tripper over the center field fence to tie the score. After Ricki Tacdol walked, Sandra Cleveland singled to left field moving Tacdol to 2nd base. Ashley Curtis then singled to right field loading the bases. Amanda Matthews hit a sacrifice fly which scored Tacdol as the Eagles would score twice in the inning to take a 5-3 lead.
Concordia would have a big inning in the bottom of the 5th which would prove to be the game. Kate Santos led off with her third home run of the day to right center to tie the score. CU would score 3 runs in the inning on 3 hits and two NU errors, leaving one runner on base. The Cavaliers would get one more run in the bottom of the 6th inning as they would hold NU scoreless the rest of the way for their 19th victory of the year to improve to 20-9 overall and 6-4 in CCC play.
Northwest U. drops to 2-20 on the season and 0-10 in Cascade Conference play. Hannah Ganfield went 2 for 4 to lead NU while Lynzee Halcott, Sandra Cleveland, Lauren Robinson and Ashley Curtis all had hits for the Eagles.
Said Coach John Bacon after the game, “We played some of our best softball yet today. We put all the pieces together and were able to compete against a great Concordia squad. This is a good representation of what this freshman team will be capable of as they mature.”
NU will now travel to Portland to play Eastern Oregon on Friday at 2 p.m., and the College of Idaho on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Both games are conference doubleheaders and have been moved south due to anticipated weather and field conditions in the Kirkland area.
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Share on Facebook