February 10, 2012

Tough Pair of Losses Kick off Season for Ranger Softball

Las Vegas, Nev.: The Ranger softball program through the first pitch of the season Friday in Las Vegas, Nev.  The women are competing in the Desert Stinger Tournament hosted by Montana State University-Billings and will have five games throughout the weekend. 

The Rangers started the day with a 8-0 loss to University of Mary in five innings.  Five women reached first base on the day, but the Marauders would only let the Rangers reach third twice. 

On the mound for the Rangers was senior right hander, Nikki Haberkorn.  Haberkorn and her defense put Mary's first three batters back on the bench.  The Rangers got runners on in the first, but could not quite get to scoring position.  With a fielder's choice opportunity and a Ranger caught stealing, the Maruaders shut them down in four batters. 

Mary scored the first run of the game in the second inning after a fielder's choice to get a runner on and a double to right center to bring her around to the plate.  The Marauders collected seven more runs on the day to finish the game in five.

Centerfielder Natalie Adami collected a single and a walk in her 1-2 performance at the plate.  Second baseman Brianna Bogdajeiwcz also reached base twice, recording a single and a walk, going 1-1. 

Senior Cassie Long and freshman Rachel Illias and Taylor Wilcox each collected a single.

Haberkorn will get the loss and will be 0-1 to start the season.  She allowed one walk and hits in 23 at bats.

Cameron University defeated the Rangers in five during the second game, keeping the women to only three hits. 

Adami and Illias each recorded a double, Adami in the second and Illias in the third inning, while Long added another single to the day.

Freshman Sydney Gaffin will get her first loss of the season (0-1).  She allowed three runs and six hits and struck out one in her 4.2 innings and 22 batters faced.  Adami also took the mound for six batters. 

The Rangers will take on Minn.-Duluth at 11:30 AM and former tournament champions Augustana College (S.D) at 4:30 PM to continue the Desert Sting on Saturday, February 11th.