KANSAS CITY MO.—The McPherson College softball team saw one streak end on Wednesday, and another begin. The Bulldogs travelled to Kansas City to take on the Avila University Eagles, the newest member of the KCAC.
At the start of the day, the Bulldogs and Eagles were sitting atop the KCAC standings, tied in the loss column with three, but the Eagles had two more in the win column, having played two more games. The Eagles took game one, 6-1, snapping the Bulldogs' 11 game winning streak. In game two, the Bulldogs bounced back and took game 2, 5-2, starting a new streak.
The Bulldogs gave Christie Betker the ball in game one. She entered the matchup with a league leading 0.99 ERA, but had an uncharacteristic day in the circle against the Eagles. Avila touched her for six earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work. Betker hadn't surrendered a home run to an opponent all season, but somehow the Eagles found a way to launch three of them in game one.
Betker didn't get a lot of help from the Bulldog offense. Mac were only able to come up with one run on seven hits led by Jessica Jones and Destiny Bacon, who were both 2-for-3. The three other Bulldogs hits were singles by Taylor Perez and Chelsea Conrad and a double by Ali Smith.
The Bulldogs didn't dwell too long on the disappointment of the loss in game one. They quickly regrouped and got back to work. They found their groove again, and were able to secure the split, taking the night cap 5-2. Brittany Baroni was in the circle in game two, and picked up the win with a complete game. She gave up just two runs to the Eagles on seven hits two strikeouts and two walks.
The Bulldog hitters had the same number hits as in the opener with seven, but this time they were able push across five runs, which was enough to secure the win. Bacon and Jones picked up where they left off in game one, both finishing with another 2-for-3 performance. Jenna Christensen, Maile Deutsc, and Kylecia Taylor had the other three Bulldog hits, all of them of the one base variety.
Bulldogs Head Coach Tony Segovia summed up the day saying, "Proud of these kids for sticking with the process and going into a tough place to play on the road and getting game two. We are going to chalk game one up to Murphy's Law. Seemed like what could go wrong did. Give them credit they played well. We still got four games to go so we will continue to work."
With the split, the Bulldogs are now 27-14 on the season, and 16-4 in the KCAC. They remain tied atop the standings with Avila, but the Eagles have all the tiebreakers over them. They still have a shot at winning the conference, but will need to win out, and will need Avila to lose at least one of their last two games at St. Mary this weekend. The Bulldogs have four games remaining, all on the road. They will play two of those four tomorrow at Kansas Wesleyan starting at 4 p.m., and then wrap up the regular season on Saturday at Oklahoma Wesleyan.