AUSTIN,TX—The McPherson College softball team began a six game road trip on Saturday, heading south to Austin, Texas for the first leg of their spring break trip, playing a doubleheader against Huston-Tillotson University.
The Bulldogs and Rams met the first weekend of the season at the Cowtown Classic, with the Rams winning that first meeting 3-2 in extra innings. Game one on Saturday had a nearly identical result. The Rams defeated the Bulldogs 3-2 on a walk off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. Undeterred, the Mac ladies regrouped, and won the series finale, shutting out the rams 6-0.
Christie Betker was in the circle for the Bulldogs in game one. She went the distance, allowing three runs on five hits, with 13 strikeouts and zero walks. She ran into some bad luck in bottom of the seventh. The Rams scored twice in the inning to win the game on a walk off hit, but they were aided by an error by the Bulldog defense and a passed ball.
At the plate, the Bulldogs scored two runs on two hits, a single by Destiny Bacon, and a double by Jenna Christensen. Karlie Sneed scored one of the runs, pinch running for Christensen after a walk. Sneed was driven in on Bacon's single after Molly Booker walked. Booker would come around to score the second Bulldog run on a squeeze bunt by Cori Alexander.
The Rams scored first in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs finally got on the board in the fifth inning, scoring twice to take the lead 2-1. Betker had the Rams stymied until the seventh when they were able to push across two runs to win 3-2.
In the second game, the Bulldogs sent Brittany Baroni to the circle. Baroni went six innings, shutting out the Rams on just three hits. She finished with four strikeouts and two walks in picking up her fourth win of the season. The Bulldog coaching staff went to the bullpen in the seventh, bringing in Sydney Lang to finish off the Rams. Land completed the shutout, allowing just one hit.
On offense, the Bulldogs scored six runs on six hits, led by Bacon and Jessica Jones. Both ladies went 2-for-4 in the game with Jones scoring twice and driving in another, and Bacon scoring once and batting in two others. Half of the Bulldog hits went for extra bases including a double by Taylor Perez, an inside the park home run by Jones, and a two run home run by Christensen.
The Bulldogs opened game two with a run, then added another in the fourth, to lead 2-0 just past the midway point of the game. After going scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, they broke the game open with a four spot in the top of the seventh. Turns out all they needed was the run in the top of the first, because the pitching and defense did their jobs, keeping the Rams off the scoreboard for the games entirety.
"We felt like we could have gotten both today" said Bulldog Head Coach Tony Segovia. "We pitched it good enough to win game one, we just came up short. Game two was much better. Brittany pitched well along with great defense. Jenna Christensen and Jessie Jones delivered home runs to help give us some run support."
With the split, the Bulldogs are now 9-8 on the season. They will be back on the diamond again tomorrow for a pair of non-conference games. They will head to Fort Worth, Texas to take on Our Lady of the Lake University (Texas) at 10 a.m, followed by a matchup with Langston University (Okla.) at 2 p.m.. Both games on a neutral field.