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By ZACH BOND
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Northern Colorado softball squad got to play its first game in the state of Colorado this spring, but lost on the road to instate-rival Colorado State 10-0 in five innings at Ram Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bears came into the game looking to snap a four-game losing streak against the Rams, but one crooked inning put the game out of reach. The loss dropped the Bears to 7-11-1 on the year and will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak next time out.
The Rams got out of the gate quickly, scoring two runs in their half of the first inning after shutting down the Bears in the top-half of the first.
The real damage though, came in the third inning, where the Rams notched eight runs to blow the game wide open. Remarkably, despite throwing up eight runs in the inning, the Rams managed just one extra-base hit in the frame. A majority of the damage was done via singles and walks.
The Northern Colorado offense was held in check the entire game as the Bears managed just two hits against Rams' starter Kacie McCarthy, who threw the complete game, striking out seven Northern Colorado batters.
Breeanna Holliday (Moorpark, Calif.) got the start in the circle for the Bears, but threw just 1.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit and a walk.
Mikayla Duffy (Grand Junction, Colo.) was the other pitcher who threw for Northern Colorado and she worked 2.2 innings, giving up nine runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks. She also struck out two batters on the day.
Next up for Northern Colorado is another trip out-of-state for another tournament. This time, the Bears will be traveling to Norman, Okla. for Oklahoma's Spring Preview Tournament. The Bears will take on Drake and Oklahoma twice each over the weekend. They kick things off against Drake at noon (MT) on Friday, March 8.