USUE Softball Continues Winning Ways in Yuma


Photo by Jeff Barrett

By Graciee Christiansen

The Lady Eagles traveled down south to Yuma, Arizona for a six-game stretch in three days, going 5-1.

Starting on Thursday, the Eagles came out hot against Arizona Western, defeating them 7-5 after building a six-run lead in the top of the fourth inning. This was led by Kalsey Lopes and Alex Deming at the plate offensively, giving Lexi Butterfield the win on the mound.

Following game one, the Lady Eagles got a late start in game two, but came out with the win in the end. Trailing 5-4 in the sixth inning, Kalsey Lopes homered on a 2-2 count, scoring three crucial runs for the victory. Lopes plated five runs to lead the Eagles at the plate.

Coming away with two wins on the previous day, the Lady Eagles used that energy to secure another win against Eastern Arizona, 7-4. Brinley Johnson came up with a big hit in the third inning with a three-run homerun as Lexi Butterfield earned her second win on the weekend in the circle for the Lady Eagles. The Eagles didn’t commit a single error in the field and out hit the Lady Gila Monsters.

The Pima Aztecs then gave the Lady Eagles a rough first loss to their perfect season with a final score of 12-8. The Lady Eagles led the game until the bottom of the fifth inning when an error let Pima plate three runs. Despite the loss, the Eagles collected eight hits in the high scoring affair.

Unfortunately, Pima out hit the Eagles on their way to victory. Preslee Christensen started in the pitcher’s circle for the Eagles, going three innings and giving up three runs on three hits. Sydney Smith and Paige Shumway came out of the pen for the Eagles, throwing a combined three innings.

The Lady Eagles turned things around Saturday morning at the plate. With a total of 11 hits, the Eagles came away with the 6-2 Victory. Paige ShumwayGraciee Christiansen and Kalsey Lopes each managed multiple hits for the Eagles. Preslee Christensen got the win in the pitcher’s circle, allowing five hits and two runs over five innings, with six strikeouts.

Lady Eagles come away with yet another victory over the host team, Arizona Western, 9-8. The Eagles were down 8-7 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kalsey Lopes singled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs. Lexi Butterfield led the Eagles to victory on the rubber, allowing zero hits on zero runs over one and one-third innings.

The Lady Eagles will resume play opening up conference against Salt Lake Community College in Price on March 3 and 4.

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