LA GRANDE — The Eastern Oregon University softball team got a needed home sweep Friday in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, downing the University of British Columbia, 12-9 and 6-5.
Mandy Fetters sparked a five-run sixth-inning rally in the opener with an RBI single that put the Mountaineers ahead for good on their way to the win.
Fetters' single down the left-field line brought home Amanda Smith and put Eastern up 8-7. It was just the beginning for the Mountaineers in the frame. Katie Silvestri and Tina Furado both scored on errors, Madison Parker and Alaina Carson also scored on UBC miscues and when the dust settled, Eastern was up 12-7.
Cassa Courtney hit a two-run home run in the seventh for the Thunderbirds, but they got no closer.
The back-and-forth opener saw both teams score twice in the first inning — UBC on a Hannah Hansen two-run single and EOU when Carson scored on an error and when Haley Ebner hit a sacrifice fly.
Taylor Dow hit a two-run double in the third and later scored on an error for a 5-3 EOU lead in the third, and Jordan Henley scored on a hit-by-pitch for a 6-5 edge in the fourth.
An error and an RBI single by Jordan Britten-Yung allowed UBC to take a 7-6 lead in the fifth before EOU tied it in the home half of the frame on a sacrifice fly to set up the late-inning heroics.
Eastern pounded out 14 hits — Brittney Bertrand and Amanda Smith had three apiece — and also took advantage of six UBC errors. Ashton Kazmierski pitched a scoreless inning in relief to earn the win.
In the nightcap, EOU scored twice in the fourth and two more in the fifth, with Silvestri’s two-run single in the fifth putting Eastern ahead 4-2. Courtney’s two-run home run and a Nicole Salas RBI single put the Thunderbirds ahead 5-4 in the sixth, but the Mountaineers got the last laugh, with Smith’s RBI single in the sixth tying the game and Bertrand clinching the win in the bottom of the seventh with a walkoff RBI single that scored Silvestri.
Bertrand, Smith and Silvestri each had two hits, and Kaylin Winans pitched 1-2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win.
EOU (5-15 overall, 4-4 CCC) faces UBC in another doubleheader Saturday to wrap the series.