Golden Eagles softball goes 1-3 in weekend series.

    The University of Minnesota-Crookston softball team looked to finish out the 2017 regular season on a high note.

    The Golden Eagles were able to split a two-game series with the University of Sioux Falls Cougars on Friday, but were swept on Saturday by the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs.

    UMC’s weekend series opened with a 9-0 shutout loss to USF in Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Sophomore third-baseman Emily Hove led the Cougars by going 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs. Teammate Kenna Heath compiled two RBIs, as well, following a 1-for-2 day at the plate.

    UMC pitcher Kassidy Klaphake picked up the loss. She pitched two innings and gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks.

    The Golden Eagles rebounded in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader with a 5-2 victory over the Cougars.

    Trailing 2-0 after four innings, UMC scored its first run in the top of the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Samantha Proctor.

    Teammate Gabriel Antolak followed and reached base on a fielder’s choice, allowing Jozie Garner to score from third. A throwing error by USF in the same play allowed Victoria Bayliss to score as well, giving the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead.

    In the top of the sixth inning, UMC increased its lead to 5-2 on a 2-run RBI single by Rocky Bjorge.

    USF was unable to answer UMC’s rally, ultimately handing each team a series split.

    UMC pitcher Bailey Braatz earned her ninth win of the season. She pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on six hits, one hit-by-pitch, one wild pitch, two walks, and four strikeouts.

UMC swept by SMSU
    The Golden Eagles looked to carry their success from the second game of Friday’s doubleheader into Saturday’s doubleheader in Marshall, Minn. However UMC was unable to keep Southwest Minnesota State University at bay and was swept in the two-game series.

    The Golden Eagles dropped the first game by a score of 11-0.

    Junior infielder Sam Flack led SMSU offensively by going 3-for-3 at the plate with one run scored and two RBIs. Teammate Karmann Carroll also tallied two RBIs after going 2-for-2 at the plate.

    UMC’s Garner and Khailyn Neymayer picked the only two hits in the game.

    Golden Eagle Sammy Knudson picked up the loss on the mound. She pitched 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs (four earned) on 10 hits.

    Despite holding an early 2-0 lead, UMC was unable shut down SMSU’s offense and ultimately lost its season finale 7-4.

    UMC’s Gabriel Antolak led the team by going 1-for-4 at the plate with one run scored and two RBIs. Neumayer went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.

    SMSU’s Emma Grote went 1-for-4 with two RBIs while teammate Madison Krog went 1-for-3 with one run scored and two RBIs.

    Braatz picked up the loss for UMC. She pitched six innings and gave up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits, one hit-by-pitch, one wild pitch, one walk and three strikeouts.

    UMC ends the 2017 regular season with a 12-35-1 overall record and a 2-23-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record.

    Saturday’s series marked the final games for graduating seniors Braatz, Garner, Samantha LeMay and Knudson.