Bethany College kept it’s momentum going Saturday, as the Swedes swept Sterling 5-2 and 24-4.

Bethany College kept it’s momentum going Saturday, as the Swedes swept Sterling 5-2 and 24-4.
The doubleheader also marked the Swedes' Play4theCure games.
“It was great to see all the people at our games in support of our program and the Play4theCure tribute," Bethany coachJanice Esses said. "We had two good wins on the day. Game one we again struggled as far as pitch selection, hitting under balls and hanging them in the air for easy outs. But our team found a way to win.”
Bethel snagged an early lead in game one, plating two runs in the top of the first. The Swedes answered in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own. Jasmine Zaker singled, stole second, and scored on a RBI single byKelli Traffas.
After three scoreless innings, the Swedes tied the contest in the bottom of the fifth. Mariana Cerenio-Jordan singled, stole second and scored on an errant Bethel throw.
The Swedes held Bethel scoreless in the top of the sixth, and the Bethany bats went back to work in the bottom of the sixth. Courtney Davis walked and Arianna Galvan pinch ran, stealing second.
Danielle Buecker pinch ran for Galvan, and scored on a Zaker single. Zaker stole second, scoring on a Thresher error off the bat of Montoya. Montoya then scored on a passed ball, giving Bethany a 5-2 advantage.
Bethel threatened in the seventh, but was unable to score as the Swedes won 5-2.
Zaker went 2-4 with two runs, two stolen bases, and one RBI as Traffas added two hits, three stolen bases, and one RBI. Cerenio-Jordan had one hit, one run and one stolen base while Montoya tacked on one run and one RBI.
Stephanie Minder started in the circle for the Swedes, throwing three innings and allowing two earned runs off three hits and three walks, striking out one.
Kierstin Stolley pitched in relief, throwing four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out five.
The Bethany bats came out firing in game two, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first.
Zaker singled, stole second, and scored on a double by Cerenio-Jordan. Montoya then smashed a two-run home run to left field to give the Swedes a 3-0 advantage and it just snowballed from there.
Montoya went 2-2 with four runs, two stolen bases and two RBIs, while Zaker also went 2-2 with two hits, two stolen bases, one run and three RBIs.
Cerenio-Jordan added three hits, three runs, and two RBIs as Traffas recorded two hits, two RBIs, and three runs. Jordan Blakesley tacked on two hits, two runs and three RBIs while Nicolich contributed three hits, two runs, and four RBIs.
Montana Bailey started on the mound for Bethany, throwing 3-and-a-third innings and allowing four earned runs off seven hits and four walks, striking out three.
Stolley pitched in relief, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing only one walk while striking out one.
The Swedes are currently 7-1 in the KCAC, and 26-17 overall.
The squad travels to Tabor College today a 5 p.m. doubleheader.