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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Swedes fall to Concordia, St. Gregory

  • Bethany College saw it’s season come to a close Tuesday, as the Swedes fell 2-1 to St. Gregory’s University (Shawnee, Okla.) in the second day of the NAIA Softball Championship Opening Round Tournament.
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  • Bethany College saw it’s season come to a close Tuesday, as the Swedes fell 2-1 to St. Gregory’s University (Shawnee, Okla.) in the second day of the NAIA Softball Championship Opening Round Tournament.
    Bethany was eliminated after an 8-0 loss Tuesday to host and No. 1 Concordia University in six innings.
    Concordia was strong offensively against Bethany in taking advantage of the six errors the Swedes incurred. They also showed pitching power through senior Katie Cotta. Cotta came into the tournament averaging two strikeouts per inning.
    Concordia took the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first over Bethany from two early errors. Jenna Jorgenson hit a single to bring home Jasmin Dresser. McIver got the start on the pitcher's mound.
    The second and third innings were quick and scoreless for the teams with the Swedes putting two on base in the second.
    Bethany went out in order in the top of the fourth while Concordia extended their lead.
    Jorgenson hit the first homer of the game off McIver's second pitch. The Swedes committed three more errors to allow a run by the Eagles' Rachel Prentice. Concordia led 3-0 going into the fifth.
    The fifth was another scoreless inning but the Eagles would cement the win in the sixth plating five.
    Jorgenson hit a triple to deep center and Emily Craig hit it over the fence to bring both home.
    Jennifer Garcia relieved McIver for the remainder of the inning. The Eagles' Hannah Howell doubled to score Kristin Shiotani and Morgan Reiter.
    Another error allowed Howell to advance to third and she posted the last run of the game off a stolen base.
    The Eagles had four stolen bases, five hits, and zero errors.
    McIver pitched 5 1/3 innings, incurring two earned runs and recording on strikeout. She only allowed four hits from the number one team in the country.
    Garcia earned two runs and two walks. The Eagles' Cotta had nine strikeouts.
    Bethany head coach Janice Esses felt Cotta challenged the Swedes.
    "We just could not come up with a clutch hit against Cotta,” Esses said. “Cotta is the best pitcher we have faced all season. She has a great rise ball that jumps up out of the zone. We just could not recognize the rise to lay off it."
    Esses also expressed the team was not fully prepared for Concordia.
    "I feel I have failed to mentally prepare our team,” she said.” I did not expect our team to commit six errors. Aside from the errors, the game was a closer game than the final score showed. We had a couple innings where we just did not make the third out to end the inning, and it cost us runs."
    Page 2 of 2 - In Tuesday’s game with St. Gregory, the Swedes fought the Cavaliers into extra innings, but a walk-off bunt single in the ninth inning ended Bethany’s season.
    The Swedes (31-18) got on the board first, with Jasmine Zaker knocking in a run off a two-out, RBI single down the left field line.
    St. Gregory tied the game in the seventh off a double by Cortney Dodson that went through the gap in left-center.
    After a scoreless eighth, the Cavaliers’ Jordan Walter laid down the squeeze bunt in front of the plate, then beat the throw to first. Caitlin O’Hagan came home from third to score the winning run.
    Zaker finished the game 2-for-4 with the Swedes’ lone RBI.
    Garcia worked 8 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. She struck out seven and walked four.

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