NEVADA, Mo.—The Swedes softball team was back in action with a non-conference double header at Cottey College. Bethany fell in the first contest 2-0 before suffering a tough 6-4 loss in the second contest.
COTTEY – 2, BTHY – 0
The Swedes were able to hold the Comets off until the bottom of the fourth inning when Cottey was able to bring in one run. They added another single run to their total in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Courtney Fudge, senior infielder, had the Swedes only two hits in the contest.
Cassi Clouse, junior pitcher, started in the circle for the Swedes throwing the complete game. During that time she allowed two earned runs on seven hits and four walks. Clouse was able to strike out three Comets.
COTTEY – 6, BTHY – 4
The teams switched home and away advantage for this contest in order to even things out due to weather reschedules.
Cottey started things off in the top of the first with one run. Bethany however, was able to answer with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Fudge started things off with a double to center before moving to third on Emma Wager's, junior infielder, double to center. Tannah Colson's, freshman designated player, ground ball then allowed Fudge to third and Wager to move into scoring position. Wager then scored on Alexis Martinez's, junior outfielder, double to center. Finally, Martinez was able to score on a Rayleen Castro, sophomore infielder, single to left.
Bethany was able to tack on one more in the bottom of the third before the Comets answered with three of their own in the top of the fourth inning. Both teams went quiet until the top of the seventh inning when Cottey put a two-run home run over the fight field fence to score the go-ahead runs of the game. While the Swedes tried, they were unable to answer, falling in the contest 6-4.
Once again Fudge led the team with three of Bethany's seven hits. She was the only Swede with multiple hits in the contest.
Meanwhile, a pair of Swedes worked from the circle beginning with Lauren Quintana, junior pitcher, starting things off. Through 3.2 innings, Quintana allowed two earned runs on two hits with four strikeouts. Ashley Nava, junior pitcher, then came into the game to throw 3.1 innings. During this time, Nava allowed four earned runs on seven hits.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes are now scheduled to return to the diamond on Thursday, Mar. 26. Bethany will host the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan in a double header starting at 4 p.m.