The Red Raider softball team continued GPAC play this past weekend with a doubleheader against Nebraska Wesleyan. Going into the weekend, NW was 1-3 in conference play and was looking to rebound from their previous losses to Morningside College.
Unfortunately, the Red Raiders were bested in both games, losing 5-1 in the first game and 5-1 in the second. Senior Laura Hurley was able to drive in a run in the first game, while junior Monserrat Figueroa was able to do the same in the second game. While the Red Raiders could not get much done offensively, it was hard to get anything going defensively either. Sophomore pitchers Kayla Tindall and Dana Hedlund each pitched complete games respectively, but gave up five runs in their outings.
While the back-to-back losses were tough, NW is looking to bounce back.
“After a long week of tough conference games that didn’t all end the way we wished they would have, we knew there was nothing we could do but to learn from them and prepare ourselves for the next games,” Hedlund said.
NW was able to bounce back in fashion on April 5, when they swept conference opponents Briar Cliff in a doubleheader matchup. The offense was in full swing, winning 9-1 in the first game, backed by an incredible five RBI performance from freshman Madison Beaver who went 2-2 with a homerun and a double. In the second game, the Red Raiders kept the momentum going, beating the Chargers 5-1. With the win, the Red Raiders are now 3-5 in conference play.
NW will play in two conference doubleheaders at home this weekend taking on the Doane College Tigers on April 8, and the College of Saint Mary Flames on April 9.