The Eastern Oregon softball team split four road games over the weekend against Cascade Collegiate Conference opponent British Columbia, but dropped two of the three CCC contests on the weekend.
UBC won the early games both Friday and Saturday, 14-5 and 5-1, and EOU took the late games each day, 6-4 and 12-8.
UBC 14, EOU 5
In Friday’s opener, the Thunderbirds erased an early deficit with four runs in the first inning, added three runs in the second then broke the game open with seven runs in the fourth. UBC took advantage of five EOU errors.
Haley Ebner and Hannah Rothwell hit RBI singles in the top of the first for a 2-0 EOU lead, and Rayne Spencer’s sacrifice fly in the second cut the Mountaineers’ deficit to 4-3. Brianna Zweygardt and Jordan Shaw both worked bases loaded walks in the third for EOU’s final runs.
Pitcher Amanda Smith gave up 14 runs — but just two earned — on 10 hits in 3-2/3 innings. She walked five and struck out four.
EOU 6, UBC 4
In Friday’s second game, EOU scored the first five runs and never trailed to even the series.
A bases-loaded walk to Rothwell and a Jordan Henley RBI single gave Eastern a 2-0 lead. Ebner hit an RBI single in the second and Henley, who had three hits and three RBIs, knocked a two-run single for a 5-0 advantage.
Shaw added a solo home run in the third inning.
Pitcher Jessica Lambert gave up four runs on 10 hits in six-plus innings for the win. She surrendered two runs in the seventh, but Lauren Spencer worked out of a bases-loaded jam for the save, striking out UBC’s Mia Valcke looking to seal the win. EOU got three hits the game from Madison Barr, who also scored twice.
UBC 5, EOU 1
On Saturday, British Columbia claimed the final CCC game of the weekend by holding EOU to just three hits.
Eastern took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Ebner scored on a passed ball, but the Thunderbirds scored five straight runs to take the lead for good.
Lambert allowed four runs on three hits in five innings for Eastern.
EOU 12, UBC 8
In the finale, EOU surrendered a 5-0 lead and trailed 8-7 in the seventh before scoring five straight runs to earn its fourth win.
Shaw gave Eastern the lead for good with a two-run single in the top of the seventh. Spencer who had three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times, followed with a two-run single of her own and Ebner capped the seventh with an RBI single.
Eastern piled up 16 hits in the game and tallied its season-high for runs. Sarah Bonner had three hits and two RBIs while Barr, Ebner, Henley and Shevan DeFreitas all had two hits. Ebner and Shaw also had two RBIs each.
Four pitchers worked on the mound for Eastern, with Lauren Spencer tossing the final 2-1/3 innings of no-hit ball and walking two batters for the win.
The Mountaineers (4-18 overall, 2-7 CCC) host Northwest (Washington) Friday and Saturday. The games are currently slated to be played in La Grande, but could be moved due to field conditions.