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Softball drops two one-run games at UNC

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 03/24/2012 15:56:00

GREELEY, Colo. - South Dakota State got the bats going on Friday at Northern Colorado, belting out 22 hits over the doubleheader with the Bears, but the hits did not translate into enough runs, as the Jackrabbits fell 3-2 in the opener and 8-7 in the night cap.


The losses drop the Jacks to 4-14 on the season, while the host Bears even their record at 14-14.


Seven of the Jacks hits came in the opener, three of which came in the second inning, when they plated two runs on an RBI single from Marlee Petersen and an RBI double from Kelly Kleppin to give SDSU a 2-1 lead.


UNC scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to regain the lead and secure the win.


The Jackrabbits fell into a 3-0 hole in Game 2 after giving up three runs in the second inning, but they bounced back with four runs in the third inning, highlighted by a bases loaded double by Elyse Eitel that scored Sammy Bingham and Devon Reick.


The Bears came right back with four of their own in the bottom of the third, capitalizing on a pair of Jackrabbit miscues and three hits to retake the lead at 7-4.


The Jacks scored an unearned run in the fourth to make the scored 7-5, cut it to 7-6 in the sixth on an Allison Huffman RBI single and then tied the game at 7-7 in the seventh, when Krista Honken opened the inning with her first homerun of the season over the fence in left center field.


Unfortunately for the Jacks though, Northern Colorado drew a leadoff walk in the seventh, and then pushed that runner across with a one-out, walk-off single two batters later.


SDSU and UNC close the series on Saturday at 12 p.m. MT.

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