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ISSUE 118 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/22/2005

Consistency Eludes Oles

By Marjorie Thirlby
Sports Editor


Friday, April 22, 2005

The Ole fastpitch team has experienced both highs and lows during faceoffs with their past three competitors.

April 13, the team swept Concordia-Moorhead, but were swept by Carleton the next day. On Sunday, they split with Augsburg, putting them in seventh place in the MIAC standing with a 5-7 record in the MIAC and 12-14 overall.

The Oles hosted Concordia at Mabel Shirley Field, beat them two games straight and sent the Cobbers on a long, sad drive home.

In the first game, the Oles scored five quick runs as they were led by pitcher Bekki Hagen ‘06, and Emily Hennig ‘08. Hennig went 3-4 in the first game. In the end, the ladies held back a final run from the Cobbers, who finished off with four runs.

In the second game, the competition proved to be a little tougher, as the Oles went into extra innings with the scored tied 2-2. In the beginning of the game, Concordia brought in two runs in the third, due to a triple by the Cobbers’ Kelli Neiss.

However, the Oles were quick to fight back. Chelsey Rodd ’06 hit a two-RBI single with two outs left, tying the game in the sixth inning. In the eighth inning, Lindsay Weier ’06 hit a walk-off double which scored Maggie Roscher ‘06 and finished the Oles’ second win. Catcher Weier was superb, going 4-7 at the plate.

Although the Oles proved triumphant on Wednesday, their Thursday home battle against Carleton was another story.

The first game was a harsh loss, as the women were shut out by Carleton 7-0. Five of Carleton’s seven runs were scored off errors. Carleton pitcher Caitlin Cornell only gave up two hits and allowed no runs.

In the second game, in the bottom of the seventh, Carleton’s Cornell threw a wild pitch which gave the Oles their first run. Unfortunately, Laura Little ’06 struck out to end the game 2-1, completing the second disappointing loss to the Knights.

Fortunately, the Oles’ trip to Augsburg on Sunday brought some relief, as the ladies split with the Auggies 6-0 and 3-4.

In game one, the Oles scored five runs in the last two innings of the game, sweeping their opponents. Rodd and Roscher each had three hits, and Hagen allowed the Auggies only three hits and no walks.

In game two, Augsburg was assisted by Ashley Westerman, who hit a three-run triple in the third inning, during which the Auggies scored their four runs. The Oles pulled off their three runs in the fourth, just short of the extra run needed to sweep the Auggies.

The ladies fell short on many occasions during the second game, including a close call in the fourth inning, and another in the sixth where they had runners on second and third with just one out.

Although Carleton’s sweep and the loss in game two against Augsburg were disappointing defeats for the Oles, the team is glad to have swept Concordia and to have taken one game away from the Auggies. They look forward to challenging Bethel at home on Saturday. The game will begin at 1 p.m.





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