Hastings College softball sweeps CSM

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HASTINGS, Neb - The Hastings College softball team sweept College of Saint Mary Thursday evening winning the first game 11-3 (5 innings) and game two 9-8 at the Smith Softball Complex.

CSM took an early 2-0 lead when their second run came from an obstruction call as Hastings College was held scoreless through the first two innings.

Bailey Collingham (FR/Aurora, NE) started the bottom of the third inning by drawing a walk followed by an Alyssa Carter (JR/Corona, CA) infield single to put the runners on the corners with no outs. A double steal ensued when Carter took off for second base and on the throw to second, Collingham would steal home for their first score of the game.

Julia Reimer (FR/Hastings, NE) and Tatiem Bender (FR/Hastings, NE) both added base hits as Reimer put runners on first and second. Bender's base hit lead to Carter scoring a run that would tie the game at 2-2.

From there the Broncos would roll, scoring 9 runs over the next two innings, while the Flames scored just one. Jayda Paul (FR/North Platte, NE) had a 3-run homerun in the bottom of the fourth that would score Reimer and Bender. Carter would add a dinger at the bottom of fifth followed by a walk-off homerun by Reimer to end the game due to the eight run rule.

Game two had a much different take to it as the Broncos came out with six unanswered runs after CSM would score at the top of the first. In the seven score span, Paul had a solo homerun. Carter contributed a double that scored Mariah Seip (JR/Springfield, NE) and a Bender single to add another run.

The top of the fifth inning, the Flames would start to come alive with a solo homerun, followed by a solo homerun at the top of the 6th. In the bottom of the sixth, the Broncos added 3 more runs to make the score 9-3. The Flames didn't go down without a fight, rattling off five runs to close the gap to 9-8 with just one out as head coach Troy Baker decided it was time to make a change.

Josie Bumgardner (SR/Hastings, NE) came in following a three run home run and coaxed a ground out and then struck out Madeline Nekola to end the game earning the save.

Softball will host Concordia University(RV) in a doubleheader GPAC matchup, Saturday at 1pm in Hastings, NE.