||Last Updated: Feb 4, 2015 - 12:35:55 PM
After picking up its first win of the season against Mendocino on Thursday, the College of the Redwoods softball team was swept in a non-conference doubleheader in Sacramento on Friday, falling to American River 17-3 and Yuba 11-2, respectively.
In the opener, trailing 2-0 after the Corsairs Morgan Psalmonds and MacKenzie Burgess each singled and later scored to start the game, American River strung together six consecutive hits to open the bottom of the first inning, including three straight doubles, and went on to plate 12 runs in the frame for a 12-2 lead.
The Beavers racked up eight of their 18 hits in the first inning.
“The first inning actually started really well for us,” said CR head coach Maggie White. “We put up two runs and I was feeling pretty good about the game, and then all of a sudden I wasn’t. It really happened quickly. We had some success offensively, but defensively, we couldn’t buy a tough play. If it wasn’t hit right to us we just couldn’t get it done.”
CR had 10 hits in the game as Psalmonds and first baseman Tammy Valley each went 3-for-3.
In the nightcap, CR’s only two runs came in the bottom of the third inning when third baseman Chelsea Pettett hit her first home run as a Corsair, which was a two-run shot to center field to make the score 4-2.
Pettett, who was 5-for-7 with two doubles on Thursday, finished Friday’s doubleheader 3-for-6, making her 8-for-13 with three doubles and a home run over her past four games.
“Chelsea’s really dialed in and seeing the ball well right now,” White said. “She’s been working hard and it’s nice to see her having some success.”
Valley started the second game for the Corsairs in the circle, going six innings with three strikeouts and three walks, allowing 12 hits.
With the losses, the Corsairs drop to 1-8 on the year and will play another doubleheader on Saturday at Sierra College against Sierra and Ohlone, starting at 10:30 a.m.
“Both teams are pretty good with solid records so the big thing for us is just staying within ourselves and making the plays we should make,” White said. “If we can do that we should be fine.”
Friday’s Box Scores
American River 17, Redwoods 3 (5 innings)
CR- 200 01- 3 10 4
AR- (12)13 1x- 17 18 2
LP- Moore, 0 IP, 2 BB, 6 H, 8 R
Hitting- (CR) Psalmonds 3-3, 2 R, Pettett 2-3, 2B, Burgess 1-2, R, RBI, Culbertson 0-2, RBI, Valley 3-3, RBI, Earley 1-2
Yuba 11, Redwoods 2 (6 innings)
CR- 002 000- 2 4 3
Y- 103 223- 11 12 0
LP- Valley, 6 IP, 3 K, 3 BB, 12 H, 5 ER
Hitting- (CR) Psalmonds 1-3, R, Pettett 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R, Burgess 1-3, 2B, Valley 1-2, BB, Moore 0-1, BB
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