Northern Colorado drops road softball and baseball games on Saturday

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Unlike Friday, Saturday’s games were tough for the University of Northern Colorado baseball and softball teams.

The softball team dropped its final game of the weekend and ultimately lost the series to Portland State, while the baseball team struggled against Omaha.

Baseball

UNC (7-23, 4-4 Summit League) fell to Omaha (14-15, 5-3 Summit League), 10-0, in seven innings in a near upset from the previous game.

All went well for the Mavericks who dominated at home plate, on the mound and behind the pitcher.

Omaha scored in five of seven innings, including a second three-run frame. The Mavericks loaded the bases and an opportune single on a full count gave them a 4-0 lead.

Five different Bears recorded a hit during the game, but the team failed to get a rally to break the shutout.

UNC appeared to be in scoring position in the sixth after junior left fielder Cade Moeller advanced on an outfielder pick and sophomore designated hitter Garrett Fisher scored a single, putting two on base. Freshman catcher Craig Kenny had a chance to either load the bases or bring Moeller home, but a catch after a near miss by another Maverick recorded the takedown and ended the threat.

All in all, it was a great day for the Omaha team, which had 10 hits, struck out eight Bears batters, walked only two and stole three bases.

The day in northern Colorado was not so pleasant. The pitching staff recorded just four strikeouts, while giving up eight walks and two wild pitches. The defense also finished with an error.

The teams are now split 1-1 in the series. UNC will play in Omaha Sunday noon to determine the winner of the weekend.

Soft ball

Things didn’t end well in Portland either.

UNC (16-21, 4-2 Big Sky) dropped its contest to Portland State (21-14, 5-4 Big Sky), 4-3, in eight innings.

Portland State took an early 2-0 lead late in the first, thanks to an RBI single and a sack fly to get the runners ahead.

The Bears responded in the top of the fourth, with all three runs entering the frame.

Freshman Designated Player Peyton Gale brought the first run over the plate with a sack fly to score senior pinch runner Katie Simonsgaard.

Then senior second baseman Paola Villegas homered a two-run through the fence to give her team a 3-2 lead.

Neither team scored again until the bottom of the seventh when PSU hit a home run to force the extras.

The Viks recorded a second home run on the first at bat in the eighth to close the game with a walk-off.

In total, the Bears had seven hits and one error. Rookie Meghan Golden kicked the full game, striking out five, walking one and hitting one.

Portland State finished the game with six hits and one error, while its pitcher struck out eight and hit a batter.

UNC will begin a seven-game home series, starting Tuesday. The Bears take on Colorado State at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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