Lady Badgers can’t handle SLCC, fall in all four games
EPHRAIM—Heading into the gauntlet of their schedule, the Lady Badgers came out the other end bruised and battered.
Snow softball team fell in a four-game sweep once again last weekend, this time to the No. 5-ranked Salt Lake Lady Bruins, by scores of 11-7, 8-6, 5-1, and 10-2. Two straight sweeps have put Snow’s record at a paltry 8-13-1 with a current nine-game losing streak.
In their first game, Salt Lake made their national ranking apparent with six runs in the first inning. Snow’s pitcher Carley Guymon showed signs of early struggle, walking one batter while bases were loaded to allow a score. At the bottom of the second inning, Snow came roaring back. Freshman Dakota Gee and sophomore Bailey Vigil each hit home runs to score three players, bringing Snow back into the game, 6-5. That was as close as the Lady Badgers would get as the Lady Bruins progressively pulled away for the rest of the game.
In the second game on Friday, Salt Lake once again pulled away early, up 5-0 after the top of the fifth, before Snow found their bats. First, freshman Torri Bills hit a double, scoring one, then sophomore Mackenzie Simons brought in two more with a well-placed single. Later on, when Snow found themselves down 8-3 in the bottom of the seventh, star slugger Alyssa Arslanian homered to score three. That was the closest they could get in their comeback effort.
The next day proved even more frustrating for the Lady Badgers as the offense was nowhere to be seen. The first game was a long struggle for Snow as the bats went cold until they were down 4-0. Arslanian finally got across the plate when Salt Lake committed an error, allowing sophomore Sarah Sandberg to reach first. The Lady Badgers only had two hits in the game.
The second game was close for almost every inning. Snow scored at the bottom of the second to tie it off a sacrifice fly that scored Gee. In the bottom of the fourth, Sandberg scored off a single to tie it again at 2-2. Salt Lake opened the floodgates in the next two innings, scoring three in the fifth and five in the sixth to run away with the game and the sweep.
Snow has a great deal of catching up to do in conference play with a 2-10 record. They will host Colorado Northwestern next weekend with two games on Friday starting at 1 p.m. and two games on Saturday starting at noon.