Southern Utah Completes 4-Game Sweep of Bears, 14-4 & 9-4
GREELEY, Colo. -- The Southern Utah University Thunderbirds completed a weekend sweep of the Northern Colorado Bears at the UNC Softball Field on Sunday. The Thunderbirds scored a 14-4 win in game one and followed that up with a 9-4 victory in game two.
The Bears fell to 1-5 on the season, while the Thunderbirds improved to 9-5.
The Bears got off to a slow start in Sunday's opener as Southern Utah opened up an early 10-0 lead. UNC starting pitcher Danelle Sayler lasted just an inning and third while giving up three hits and six runs.
The Bears' defense let them down in the opener as they tallied four errors to help the SUU offense.
Despite falling behind 10-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, UNC fought back to avoid the 8-run rule with a pair of runs in the fifth.
Southern Utah put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh by plating four more runs. UNC scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh to make the final, 14-4.
The Bears had no answer for the Thunderbirds' Lacee LePrey. LePrey was a perfect 5-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI
SUU starter Mandy Brown earned the victory by allowing only eight hits and four runs. Brown struck out five and walked five in a complete game effort.
The Bears started slowly again as the Thunderbirds opened the first inning with four runs. UNC starting pitcher Stacey Moon had to leave the game because of a knee injury. Moon retired only one of the first five batters she faced.
UNC's offense came alive by scoring runs in the first (1), second (2) and third (1) innings to pull within 5-4 heading into the fourth inning.
However, the Bears could not slow down LePrey in game two as she tallied two more hits and scored three runs in the nightcap.
The Bears could not muster a run the rest of the way and suffered the 9-4 defeat.