STERLING—The McPherson College Softball team earned a couple of tough road wins on Saturday, sweeping the Sterling College Warriors on their home field. The Bulldog ladies took game one, 3-2, then followed it up with a 6-3 victory in the series finale.
Christie Betker was in the circle for the Bulldogs in game one, and picked up the win. She pitched a complete game, allowing just two runs on five hits. She had nine strikeouts and just one walk in earning her tenth win of the year.
Betker got just enough run support from the offense, scoring three runs on seven hits led by a 2-for-3 performance from Maile Deutsch. Six of the seven Bulldog hits were singles, the seventh a double from Jenna Christensen. The three Bulldog runs were scored by Christensen, Deutsch, and Payten Davies and were driven in by Christensen, Ali Smith and Jasmine Curiel
In the finale, Brittany Baroni got the start in the circle for the Bulldogs. She went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, with four strikeouts and two walks. She picked up the win, leaving the game in the sixth inning, staked to a 6-2 lead. The Bulldog coaches elected to bring back Betker with one out in the sixth, and the Warriors threatening. Betker went the last inning and two-thirds, picking up the save, allowing one run on three hits.
The Bulldog offense got going early against the Warriors in game two. They finished with six runs on nine hits led by Jessica Jones who was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and Taylor Perez, who had a 2-for-3 performance with a pair of RBI. Four of the Bulldog hits went for extra bases, including three doubles by Curiel, Jones, and Christensen and a two run home run by Kylecia Taylor.
"We started off slow and found a way to get game one," Bulldog Head Coach Tony Segovia said. "It's always tough winning games on the road and this group found a way to get two against a tough opponent. We scored early in game two, and we were able to hold them off late. Very proud of this group, two big team wins today."
With the sweep, the Bulldogs are now 22-13 on the season and extended their current win streak to seven games. They also move to 11-3 in the KCAC and are alone in second place in the conference standings. They will be back on the diamond on Wednesday when they host the University of St. Mary Spires for a doubleheader out at Bulldog Park, starting at 2 p.m.