March 23, 2013

Septon Also Homers in Doubleheader

Nielsen Homers Twice vs. Eighth-Ranked CSI

For four innings on Saturday, the Western Nevada College softball team had all of the makings to upset eighth-ranked College of Southern Idaho: home runs, quality pitching and solid defense.

Alisha Nielsen homered twice to put WNC ahead 4-0, but the Golden Eagles used an eight-run rally in the fifth inning to pull out a 13-5 victory to start a doubleheader sweep at Edmonds Sports Complex in Carson City. The Golden Eagles followed up their comeback victory with an 11-1 five-inning win in the second game.

Nielsen put the Wildcats on top 3-0 with a three-run homer in the second inning.

The Wildcats also had three additional extra-base hits in the first three innings. Sydney Darby, Madison Gonzalez and Caroline McCarthy delivered doubles.

But CSI kept the score close and pulled to within 3-1 with a run in the fourth.

Nielsen, however, quickly got the run back in the bottom of the frame, homering for the second time.

The Golden Eagles didn’t rattle, though. The SWAC leaders scored eight times in the fifth inning to move in front 9-4.

Sophomore pitcher Alexia Alley, who befuddled the Golden Eagles through four innings, couldn’t make it out of the fifth. Carlee Beck, who blanked CSI for seven innings on Friday, got the final out of the inning.

WNC missed an opportunity to tack on more runs, leaving two runners on base in the fourth and the bases loaded in the fifth.

The Golden Eagles padded their lead by scoring four runs off Beck in the seventh.

Heather Septon provided one last hurrah by homering in the seventh. McCarthy topped WNC with three hits, while Septon was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a run knocked in. Gonzalez and Jennifer Quam contributed two hits apiece.

Nielsen had four RBI, while CSI’s Sierra Whitmer knocked in four runs.

WNC finished with 13 hits, two fewer than the Golden Eagles.

In game two, the Golden Eagles used three extra-base hits in the first three innings to take a 6-1 lead. Patti Ferguson smashed a two-run homer, Sierra Whitmer stroked a double and drove in two runs and Aubrey Whitmer collected a double.

Quam had a double and a stolen base for the Wildcats, who had five hits. Andrea Lee led the Wildcats with two hits.

CSI, which came into the weekend tied atop the SWAC standings with Salt Lake, improved to 23-1 in conference play.

The Wildcats, 8-19 in the SWAC, will now hit the road for their next three conference series. They’ll travel to Salt Lake for four games on April 5-6 and won’t return home until April 26-27, when they’ll meet Snow College in their final home games of the season.

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