Eastern skid reaches 6 losses
Mountaineers fall twice Saturday to No. 22 Owls
KLAMATH FALLS — After opening the season winning four of its first five games, the Eastern Oregon University softball team is looking to snap a losing streak that has grown to six games.
The Mountaineers dropped a pair of Cascade Conference games to No. 22 Oregon Institute of Technology Saturday.
In the opening game, EOU’s rally attempt came up short during an 8-4 loss. The Mountaineers staked OIT to a 6-0 lead, but cut the lead to 6-4 following a three-run home run by Britnee Carman-Rice in the sixth inning. The Owls answered back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the sixth to put the game away. Cassie Wendt had two hits for EOU.
The Owls (15-5 overall, 8-0 CC) were led by Tori Weatherford and Cassidy Olson. Both players had two hits and three RBIs.
Lindsey Walchli fell to 3-5 this season with the loss in the circle for the Mountaineers. She allowed eight runs on nine hits. Walchli struck out three and walked four.
Jessica Duncan limited the Mountaineers to one run on four hits during a 5-1 win to sweep the doubleheader. It was the seventh win of the season for Duncan.
Duncan got all the help she needed in the first two innings. A solo home run by Tasha Silvius staked Duncan to a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Tori Weatherford gave OIT some breathing room with a two-run home run in the third inning.
Gracie Flyg drove in the lone run for the Mountaineers in the fourth inning.
Carman-Rice led the Mountaineers (4-8, 1-7) with two hits. Lily Smith (1-3) was saddled with the loss. She worked 2-1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
The Mountaineers will host Lewis and Clark College in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. today at Peggy Anderson Field.