MESA, Ariz. – The Midland University softball team concluded its nine-game road trip on the wrong end of a two-game sweep. The Lady Warriors dropped a pair of one-run games at Benedictine University-Mesa on Monday.
Midland fell in the opener, 5-4, before having its late-game rally spoiled in the finale, 6-5.
The Lady Warriors threatened late in both ballgames, only to see the home team pull away with victories. Midland’s offense which had been red-hot in the desert was slowed in Game 1 against Benedictine and produced just six hits.
Benedictine jumped in front, 4-0, after four innings of the opener before the Warriors were finally able to string together some hits. Midland had put two on with no out in the first frame, but failed to score. In the fifth frame, Nicole O’Haver‘s RBI-double scored the Warriors’ first run and Katie Heard made it a 4-2 game with an RBI-groundout. O’Haver eventually came around to score, making it a one-run game.
Benedictine padded its lead back to 5-3 in the bottom half of the inning, but Midland didn’t go down quietly. O’Haver and Heard both singled to begin the seventh, and a one-out walk loaded the bases. However, the Warrior bats again failed to produce the timely hit, as only one run crossed on a fielder’s choice before the game came to an end.
In the finale, Midland erased an early 2-0 deficit to lead Benedictine 4-2 after three innings. Bailey Hartman and Bailey Hoover each scored in the second and third innings to give the Warriors their first lead of the day.
Benedictine would tie the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and ultimately take a 6-4 lead when a pair of unearned runs crossed the plate in the sixth on a two-out error.
The defensive letdown did not hinder the offense from getting a fast start in the top of the seventh. Heard doubled to lead off Midland’s final chance and scored when Angela Brazil followed with a double. Again though, the Warriors could not record the clutch hit as the tying run was stranded at second base in the loss.
Midland went 4-5 in Arizona and returns to Nebraska with an overall record of 10-10.
The Warriors travel to (RV) Bellevue University for a doubleheader next Wednesday before beginning GPAC play on April 1st.