EOU takes pair from Timberwolves

After a quiet first game and an 8-0 setback, the bats came alive in the second game and we out-hit hosting Eastern Oregon University, 17-14, but couldn’t hold onto a 7-3 lead and lost 8-7.

As well as our bats have been swinging lately, I was surprised EOU shut us out the first game. Their pitcher (Abby Barr) kept the ball low and around the strike zone the entire game.

But in the second game, we had three players (Jordan Bennett, Kendal Weber and Kerica Cusick) get three hits each, and three get two hits each (Randi Kostner, Cheyenne Friend and Cheynne “CC” Carter). In all, 8 players got base hits in the second game.

The T-Wolves were up 7-3 with two out and two on in the bottom of the 5th, but a dropped ball that would have ended the inning opened the door for EOU. Four runs later, the score was tied. A solo homer in the bottom of the sixth accounted for the final score.

It’s a missed opportunity, but we moved on quickly and will learn from it. It was a hard loss for the girls.

Saturday’s games had a visit from former Timberwolf Ashley Huber, who played for EOU last year before being sidelined with an illness. Prior to starting two seasons for BMCC in 2009 and 2010, Huber was an all-league outfielder for Sisters High School. She played one season with current Timberwolf Cassie Hernandez. She is one semester shy from earning her degree from EOU.

We gave the team three days off, but will get with it Wednesday and practice through Saturday in prepping for a visit from Walla Walla University on March 18. Games are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m.

The home opener will feature BMCC’s new-look Royal Blue outfield windscreen and bright yellow safety fence toppers. That is, if Mother Nature cooperates and gives us a chance to put both up prior Sunday’s double header.

We’re hoping to get Bennett to sing the National Anthem for us Sunday. Bennett is second in the NWACC hitting at .643. Gatalina Schuster (Treasure Valley) leads with a .667 mark.

Teamwise, the 2-4 T-Wolves are batting .316 and have scored 50 runs in six games.