March 18, 2013

Beat Cross-State Rivals

Wildcats Take 3 of 4 From Southern Nevada

Pitcher Carlee Beck
Pitcher Carlee Beck

For the first time in its five-year history, the Wildcats softball team has won a four-game series from College of Southern Nevada. WNC grabbed Friday’s doubleheader, and then split the final two games on Saturday, winning 4-1 before falling 10-3, to claim three games against its cross-state rivals at Edmonds Sports Complex in Carson City.

WNC improved to 8-15 in conference games and is one-half game ahead of North Idaho in fifth place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference standings.

Despite being outhit by the third-place Coyotes 10-6, the Wildcats won the opener behind Alexia Alley’s pitching and some power hitting by Andrea Lee and Heather Septon. Alley picked up her second win of the series by going the distance, while Lee homered and Septon had a double among her team-leading two hits.

The Wildcats scored three times in the fifth and responded to the Coyotes’ run in the top of the sixth with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning.

In game two, Alisha Nielsen went 2 for 3 at the plate, but the Wildcats fell 10-3.
WNC took a 3-1 lead into the fifth, but the Coyotes scored twice to tie the score, then broke it open with a four-run sixth and three-run seventh. The Coyotes had 15 hits, versus nine for the Wildcats, including a home run by Nielsen.

Freshman Carlee Beck started for the Wildcats and worked 5 1/3 innings, striking out three. Alley pitched the final 1 2/3 innings.

WNC plays host to SWAC co-leader College of Southern Idaho on Friday and Saturday at Edmonds Sports Complex. Doubleheaders start at 1 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.

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