SEWARD, Neb. – Battling cold temps and strong winds, the College of Saint Mary softball team traveled to Concordia University Wednesday evening and got in just one game of the doubleheader. The Flames lost the first game 9-3 before the second game was postponed.
Game 2 will be played back at Concordia on Thursday at 5 p.m.
"It was tough conditions – for both teams," CSM Coach Carolyn Todd Bray said. "The weather was supposed to get warmer as the day went on and the strong winds were supposed to decrease, but neither of those things happened. I'm proud of my players for battling as well as they did."
The Bulldogs – who lead the Great Plains Athletic Conference in hitting – outhit CSM 10-6 in the game.
Nicki Larsen (JR/Waverly, Neb.) led the Flames with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, while teammates Whitney Chamberlain (SO/Peoria, Ariz.), Ashley Trendle (FR/Chicago, Ill.), Kimberly Merwald (SO/Omaha, Neb.) and Alicia Baca (SO/LaVista, Neb.) all added one hit each.
"The wind was blowing straight in, which created some difficult situations," Bray said. "I thought we hit pretty well. We left eight runners stranded on base and just couldn't get some timely hits when we needed them."
Larsen was tagged with the loss for CSM. She allowed 10 hits, walked three and didn't strike out any.
Michaela Woodward earned the win for Concordia. She gave up six hits, struck out six and walked five.
The Flames are now 9-8 in the GPAC and 16-19 overall, while Concordia improved to 12-5, 27-18.