UMC will face Brevard College today in Brevard, N.C.

The Golden Eagle softball team opened its season Friday with two losses to Cedarville in Cedarville, Ohio. The team then split with Union College Sunday in Barbourville, Ky.

Friday’s games were the first for the Golden Eagles under new head coach Ed Deugan, who last served as head coach at Southern Wesleyan University. Deugan replaced Mitch Bakken in August.

UMC will face Brevard College today in Brevard, N.C.

UMC vs. Cedarville game one
Senior Stacey Marcum (P, Merrill, Wis.) got the start in game one and was chased after not being able to secure an out in the first inning. Marcum gave up five earned runs on four hits.

Kelsey Wilson, the 2012 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Player of the Year, started off the scoring for the Lady Jackets as she hit a grand slam off Marcum to plate four runs and put Cedarville ahead 4-0. A Marcum wild pitch would score Kelsey Chapman. After giving up a single to Shelby Young, Marcum was replaced by sophomore Brooke Vatthauer (P/1B, Crookston, Minn.).

Vatthauer would give up 13 runs, only seven of them earned in one inning pitched on nine hits.

Junior Paige Schaust (OF/P, Delano, Minn.) would relieve Vatthauer in the second inning. Cedarville would add two more runs in the second as Kitchen singled to score Wilson, who had singled to left field to leadoff the inning. Teague then singled up the middle to plate Chapman to make the score 18-0.

Schaust would shut down the Lady Jackets the rest of the way as she would give up only one hit in the final two innings.

The Golden Eagles were led by freshman Alexis Khoshaba (OF/1B, Richmond, British Columbia) who was 2-for-2 in her debut for UMC. Wilson paced the Lady Jackets in game one, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and four RBI’s.

UMC vs. Cedarville game two
Junior Cateline Fafard (P, Dauphin, Manitoba) got the start for the Golden Eagles. Fafard would go four innings, giving up six runs, four of them earned.

Courtnie Spain got the win for Cedarville as she went five innings, giving up one earned run on two hits.

Junior Ashley Manusos (IF/OF, Spring Grove, Ill.) and freshman Brooke Timmins (C/1B, Magnolia, Texas) had the two hits on the game for the Golden Eagles. Palm led the Lady Jackets in game two with 3-for-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.

UMC vs. Union game one
Schaust got the nod in the circle for game one and would have an overall strong performance going four innings giving up three earned runs on eight hits. However, Schaust would get the loss for game one.

Katie Perkins picked up the game one win for Union College as she pitched seven innings, giving up one earned run on eight hits with six strikeouts. The Bulldog bats were led by Wojnowski, who was 2-for-3 with one run scored and Hampton, who was 2-for-4 with one run scored.

UMC’s bats were paced by Schaust, going 3-for-4 with one run scored. Freshman Jessica Ramos (C/3B, El Paso, Texas) was 2-for-3 with one run batted in on the game.

UMC vs. Union game two
Fafard got the start and would pitch 3 1/3 giving up two earned runs on four hits. Fafard would not take the decision in the game for UMC.

Marcum would get the win for the Golden Eagles after pitching two innings and giving up one earned run on one hit.

Gianna Schauer would take the loss for the Bulldogs after pitching five innings and giving up four earned runs on nine hits.

Manusos led the Golden Eagle bats going 2-for-4 with three RBI’s while Timmins was 3-for-4 with one run scored.