The Golden Eagles fall to 13-29 (2-16 NSIC).
FAYETTE, Iowa—The University of Minnesota Crookston was back in action for two games this afternoon at the Eischeid Softball Complex in Fayette, Iowa, against Upper Iowa.
Runs were easy to come by for the Peacocks in both games, who used nine Golden Eagle errors to win in game one, 22-12 and dominated game two from start to finish, to win 13-0 in five innings.
The sweep for the Peacocks improves their record to 20-13 overall (12-6 NSIC). The Golden Eagles fall to 13-29 (2-16 NSIC).
With 32 runs between the two teams, it makes sense that there were multiple innings where both teams put up crooked numbers. The Golden Eagles started that trend by scoring five runs in the first inning.
Sam Proctor (Jr., C, Champlin, Minn.) got things started by reaching on an error that scored Hannah Macias (Fr., OF, West Covina, Calif.). Maggie Morales (Sr., Tuscon, Ariz.) followed with a base hit up the middle that scored Rocky Bjorge (Sr., 1B/3B, Prior Lake, Minn.)
The bottom of the first inning was capped off by a three-run home run off the bat of Mikaela Rodriguez (Jr., SS, Laveen, Ariz.), that scored Proctor and Morales. The home run was Rodriguez’ sixth of the season.
The Peacocks wouldn’t take very long to answer, scoring six runs in the second and eight runs in the third to lead 14-5 going to the bottom of the third. That scoring was highlighted by a Payton Kastenschmidt grand slam. Kastenschmidt drove in six runs in the game.
Much like they have most of the season, the Golden Eagles would show resiliency and fight back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after a Proctor single drove in one, and a Morales fielder’s choice also drove in a run, to cut the lead in half at 14-7.
Minnesota Crookston’s big inning came in the bottom of the fifth, where the Golden Eagles got right back into the game. Hannah Macias drove in three with a deep fly ball to left field that went off the glove of the Upper Iowa left fielder and over the fence for a three-run home run that scored her sister, Leah Macias (Fr., OF, West Covina, Calif.) and Haley Strachan (Sr., OF, Phoenix, Ariz.). A few batters later, Malia Pula (Jr., UT, Gilroy, Calif.) hit her fourth home run of the season to make it 15-11. Strachan was back at it again, driving in a run on a sacrifice fly to deep left field in foul territory that scored Darian Pancirov (Fr., P, Las Vegas, Nev.).
With the score 15-12, the Peacocks would score the game’s final seven runs, to defeat the Golden Eagles 22-12.
Offensively, Minnesota Crookston had 13 hits, including three each from Strachan and Pula, two each from Proctor and Morales and one each from the Macias sisters and Rodriguez. The Golden Eagles left nine runners on base.
Defensively, the Golden Eagles really struggled to make the routine plays, finishing game one with nine errors.
In the circle, Paige Pitlick (Jr., P, Jordan, Minn.) got the start and gave up 11 runs, only six of which were earned on nine hits, while walking five.
In relief, Mikayla Jones (Sr., P, Huxley, Iowa) came in and finished off the game, going 4.2 innings, while giving up 11 runs, just seven of which were earned. Jones struck out two and walked two.
The Peacocks in game two, fired on all cylinders and defeated Minnesota Crookston 13-0.
The Peacocks scored in every inning, but the fourth inning, including scoring five runs in both the second and the fifth inning.
The Peacocks got things started with Katie Crogan two-run RBI double. Crogan had five RBI’s on the day.
The Peacocks knocked Golden Eagles starter Taylor Graven (So., P, Greene, Iowa) out of the game after just 1.2 innings of work, allowing seven runs on five hits, while striking out one and walking three.
Jones and Pancirov also came in for relief of Graven.
Offensively, the Golden Eagles struggled to get anything going, collecting no hits, but did earn seven walks on the day.
The Golden Eagles will finish up their six games in three days tomorrow afternoon, with a doubleheader against St. Cloud State. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.