Softball wraps up sweep of Redhawks in final PCSC games of the season
By ZACH BOND
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The Northern Colorado softball squad wrapped up its road-sweep over Seattle with two more wins on Sunday afternoon.
The Bears (25-27, 10-10 PCSC) add two more wins to their Division I school-record and finish their conference season winning seven of their last nine and wrapping up things with a .500 PCSC record.
Northern Colorado started the day with a 9-2 route and concluded the series with a 6-3 victory.
Neely finished her day with three hits and three RBI, while Wilkinson had a homerun and two RBI.
The Bears got things going in the first inning -- taking an early 2-0 lead after a pair of RBI singles by Neely and then Lindsey Smith.
After Seattle tied things back up in the third inning, Northern Colorado took control of the game with a four-run outburst in the fourth.
The rally was keyed by a trio of run scoring singles, including a two-run hit by Erin Geddis that put the Bears up 5-2.
Northern Colorado tagged on another run in the fifth before Wilkinson blasted a two-run shot, her second homer of the series, in the bottom of the sixth to seal the win for the Bears.
On the day, the Bears racked up 13 total hits -- with four players notching at least two hits apiece.
In the circle, Kelci Cheney saw her first action of the series with the start and got the win after putting in four innings of work. The Terrell, Texas native has been hobbled with a foot injury as of late, but battled through it on Sunday -- giving up just two runs on two hits. She also struck out one Redhawk.
Megan Wilkinson cleaned things up for the Bears -- throwing the final three innings without allowing a run while giving up just four hits.
In the final game of the series, the Bears continued to use the long-ball, their fourth homer of the series, to their advantage in a 6-3 win.
This time, it was Smith who left the yard with her team-leading 12th homerun of the season. Smith's two-run blast came in the sixth inning and gave the Bears a cushion -- stretching their lead to 6-3.
In the game, the Bears scored twice in three different innings.
The first two-run inning came in the third, when Neely notched another RBI on a fielder's choice. Geddis scored on the next play when Smith reached on a dropped fly ball by the left fielder.
The Bears also scored two in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-1 lead.
Freshman Mikayla Duffy got the win for the Bears after weaving a gem -- going five innings while allowing just one run on six hits with three strikeouts.
Duffy was lights-out all series, after finishing with 11 innings of work and just one earned run (0.64 ERA) while earning two wins.
Once again, Wilkinson wrapped up the game -- throwing the final two innings and letting up one earned run on two hits.
Northern Colorado will conclude its season at home on Wednesday, May 2 with the final of four games against instate-rival Colorado State. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.