LINDSBORG — The Bethany College softball team picked up a big split Friday with No. 24 Ottawa University; Bethany fell in the first game 11-8 before picking up an 8-7 win in game two.
The Braves got off to a very strong start, scoring one run in the top of the first and eight in the top of the second. The Swedes were then able to get on the board in the bottom of the second with a solo homerun by Shannon Williams. Ottawa answered with a run in the top of the third, however, the Swedes were able to score three in their half of the inning.
Alexis Martinez and Courtney Fudge got on base and came in on Emma Wager's three-run homerun over the right field fence. The Swedes struck again in the bottom of the fourth when they plated three runs on four hits and one Brave error.
Ottawa plated one more run in the top of the fifth, before the Swedes would score their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth.
Three Swedes notched multiple hits in the game: Wager, Williams, Rayleen Castro and Lexie Valentine add had two hits each. Wager added four runs batted in to her line while Courtney Fudge added two runs batted in.
Ashley Nava started in the circle for the Swedes. Nava allowed eight runs, two earned on five hits in 1.2 innings of work. Jessica Armjo came in to throw 4.2 innings. During this time, she allowed three runs, none of which were earned on eight hits. Taylor Wurtz finished out the game with no runs on no hits in 0.2 innings of work.
Game Two –
Bethany started this game off with a single run in the bottom of the first inning when Fudge reached base on a walk then moved around by a sacrifice bunt by Wager before scoring on a Ciera Flores double to deep right-center field.
The Swedes struck again in the bottom of the second, when Williams reached on a ground ball through the left side of the infield. Valentine then reached base on bunt that moved the pair over to second and third. Williams then stole her way home and Valentine moved to third, scoring on Nicole Pendleton's sacrifice fly ball.
Ottawa got on the board in the top of the fourth with three runs before the Swedes would score three of their own in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a three-run homerun by Flores. Ottawa added one run in the top of the sixth but the Swedes added two in their half of the inning.
Finally, the Braves would score three in the top of the seventh, but the Swedes would shut it down to finish the game.
Again, three Swedes had multiple hits in the game: Wager, Flores, and Valentine. Flores also batted in four of Bethany's runs.
Lauren Quintana earned the win with her 5.2 innings of work. In this time, Quintana allowed four runs on eight hits. Wurtz came in to throw 0.1 innings allowing three runs on two hits. Armijo finished things out allowing no runs on no hits in her complete inning of work. Her efforts also earned her the save.
The Swedes return to play tomorrow at Oklahoma Wesleyan with a double header starting a 1 p.m.