By Kaleb Center CSC Sports Information Director
The Chadron State College softball team fell to 6-28 overall, and 5-17 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play, as the host MSU Denver Roadrunners scored in bunches to win 8-4 and 12-0 on Saturday in Denver.
The Eagles managed only four runs in the two games combined, despite getting 13 base hits and five free bases.
In game one of the series, CSC never led but was tied with MSUD after five and a half innings, before the Roadrunners broke it open again in the bottom of the sixth. In that decisive frame, the home team scraped out only two hits but scored four unearned runs, owing to three walks and a two-out fielding error by CSC.
Winning pitcher Audrey Burt (8-5) helped her own cause with two solo homers in the game.
Eagle batters Lauren Zimmerman and Chloe Cook both batted 2-for-3. Jessie Henchenski recorded two RBI and one run scored.
CSC’s Tia Kohl fell to 2-13 with the loss, pitching all six innings.
Later, Eagles starting pitcher Gabby Russell (1-4) fell behind with one out in the first inning, and CSC never scored on the Roadrunners’ Sarah Norton (7-3) in five chances.
MSU Denver kept piling up runs, with the assistance of three CSC errors, until the game was shortened to four and a half innings with the Roadrunners up 12-0.
Peyton Propp pitched two and a third innings for Chadron State, in relief of Russell.
The Roadrunners improved to 24-13 (12-8 RMAC) and are tied for fifth in the RMAC standings.
Games three and four in the series are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday.