MONMOUTH The Eastern Oregon University softball team dropped its season-opening doubleheader Saturday on the road, losing to Western Oregon 9-0 and 5-1.
The Mountaineers managed just one hit in the opener, a fourth-inning single by Amanda Smith. The Wolves, meanwhile, scored four times in the first inning without registering a hit — taking advantage of six walks and a hit batter by EOU starter Ashton Kazmierski. WOU later added home runs from Tyler Creach and Sydney Bowers in the third and fourth innings, respectively.
Kazmierski gave up eight runs on five hits in three innings and walked seven.
In the second game Saturday, Eastern generated some offense to score its first run of 2020, but was unable to rally from an early deficit.
EOU fell behind 3-0 after three innings, but got on the board in the fifth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Alaina Carson — the first hit and RBI of her EOU career — scored Jordan Henley to make it 3-1. WOU, though, added two runs in the sixth for the final margin.
Smith took the loss in the pitcher’s circle, allowing three runs on seven hits in three innings while walking one and striking out two.
Eastern dropped a second road doubleheader Sunday, falling to Pacific 8-2 and 5-4 in Forest Grove.
EOU took a 2-1 fourth-inning lead in the opener when Carson scored on an error and Smith touched home later on a passed ball.
The lead was short lived. The Boxers tied the score in the bottom of the fourth on Morgan Masters’ RBI double, took the lead on an error and added four more runs to go ahead 7-2. Hailey Miller’s two-run single capped the inning.
EOU reliever Abby Giles was tagged with all six runs in the fourth on six hits to take the loss.
EOU was three outs away from getting its first win in the nightcap, but the Boxers scored three times in the seventh to steal the win.
Montana Vaught’s RBI single and Katie Carlos’ RBI double tied the score, and Marcee Nakamura won the game two batters later with a walkoff RBI single.
EOU took a 1-0 lead in the first on Smith’s RBI single, then scored three times in the second inning to go ahead 4-1. Brittney Bertrand’s bunt single scored Payton Pocklington, and Jordan Henley followed with a two-run triple for the three-run lead.
Bertrand finished the day 3-for-3 with two runs scored and had half of EOU’s six hits. Henley finished with a pair of RBIs. Natalee Hall was charged with the loss, allowing three runs in 2-1/3 innings.
EOU (0-4 overall) heads to Redding, California, for the Simpson Triangular Feb. 15-17.