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The Eastern Oregon softball team suffered a tough tripleheader sweep — including losses in the sixth and seventh innings — at the hands of Carroll College Monday in Cascade Collegiate Conference action, 7-2, 6-5 and 4-3. The games, originally set to be played March 29 and 30, were postponed to Monday and moved to Missoula, Montana, due to weather conditions.

Carroll 7, Eastern Oregon 2

An early lead for the Mountaineers in the opener was short-lived as Carroll scored six consecutive runs to take command of the game.

Haley Ebner’s RBI single gave EOU a 1-0 lead in the first. Before the inning was over, Carroll responded with two runs to take the lead for good. The Saints added a third run in the second, then pushed three across in the third — capped by a two-run single by Anna ApRoberts — to go ahead 6-1.

Jordan Henley singled home a run in the fourth to cut the margin to 6-2, but the Mountaineers drew no closer.

Ebner, Hannah Rothwell and Shevan DeFreitas each had two hits for EOU. The Mountaineers, though, struggled with command pitching, as Jessica Lambert and Lauren Spencer combined to walk nine batters in six innings. Lambert, who started and took the loss, allowed five runs on five hits in 2-1/3 innings with four walks and a strikeout.

Carroll 6, Eastern Oregon 5

The Mountaineers were three outs away from ending a five-game losing streak in CCC play, but the Saints scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal Game 2 and take the series.

In the third inning, EOU scored three runs and briefly took a 3-2 lead on a Madison Barr RBI single and a two-run single by DeFreitas. In the fifth, an RBI single by Ebner gave Eastern a 4-3 lead, and Rothwell homered in the sixth for a two-run advantage. Spencer came on in relief and kept the Saints off the board until the final inning.

Carroll tied the score in the bottom of the seventh on back-to-back RBI doubles by Amber Brewer and Kendall Mooney, and Natalie Gaber hit a walk-off RBI three batters later for the win.

Spencer was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in 3-2/3 innings with a walk and three strikeouts.

Carroll 4, Eastern Oregon 3

The Mountaineers saw a lead fade in the closing innings in the series finale.

Rayne Spencer’s RBI double in the second inning tied the score at 1-1, and a two-run single by Brandi Bowling put Eastern ahead, 3-1.

But Carroll scored twice in the fourth to pull even, and the eventual winning run came in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Megan McCormick.

EOU had two runners on with one out in the seventh, but failed to pull even.

Brianna Zweygardt took the loss in relief, allowing one run on two hits in 2-1/3 innings, walking two and striking out one.

The sweep drops Eastern Oregon (5-24 overall, 2-13 CCC) into 10th place in the conference as it heads into a road series at rival College of Idaho Friday and Saturday.