February 11, 2013

Give Up Four Game Series

Home Runs Not Enough to Win

Western Nevada College strung together a couple more hits, forced a few more innings and committed fewer errors, but it wasn’t enough Thursday against 13th-ranked College of Southern Idaho.

CSI completed a four-game sweep of the Wildcats, 8-3 and 10-2, in a Scenic West Athletic Conference-opening softball series in St. George, Utah.

Behind power-hitting third baseman Sydney Darby, the Wildcats extended the Golden Eagles to seven innings in the opening game. Darby’s three-run homer in the top of the third inning tied the score at 3. Prior to her blast, Jennifer Quam reached on a base hit, went to second on a wild pitch and took third on Madison Gonzalez’s infield single. Gonzalez stole second base to put two runners in scoring position before Darby belted her sixth homer of the season.

But like they did on Wednesday when the Wildcats used a three-run homer to tie the score, the Golden Eagles responded immediately. Carlton’s run-scoring single put CSI ahead for good, 4-3, in the bottom of the third. Patti Ferguson and Tyler Wilkinson added RBI base hits in the fourth and fifth innings, and Lea Hopson homered during a two-run sixth as CSI pulled away.

Despite surrendering 15 hits, sophomore pitcher Ali Marie Lostra held CSI to seven earned runs in six innings. She walked four and struck out two. A revamped defensive alignment only committed one error behind her" a day after the Wildcats made 12 errors in the two games.

Quam, the Wildcats’ leadoff hitter, had half of her team’s six hits. Darby, Gonzalez and Alisha Nielsen each had a hit.

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