(Editor’s note: Carroll College athletics release)
CALDWELL, Idaho — College of Idaho claimed the second doubleheader and swept the weekend series against the Carroll College Fighting Saints’ softball team on Saturday in Caldwell, Idaho.
COI (32-8, 21-5 Cascade Collegiate Conference) won 2-0 and 3-0 on the day.
Juniors Brooke Yarnall and Ali Williams each went 2-for-3 at the plate in the first contest, but the Saints (14-21, 7-14 CCC) left two runners on base.
COI put up nine hits in the first game, breaking through with a run in the third inning after Marissa Maddox hit a double to left center.
COI struck again in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Delaney Atkins, giving the Yotes their second run.
Carroll was shutout again in the second game, though the Saints did out-hit the Yotes 5-3.
COI took the led in the first inning with a RBI single and two sacrifice flies to score three runs. After that inning, COI would not record another hit.
The Saints had chances in the fourth inning, despite recording two outs to begin the frame. Freshman Amber Brewer and Williams hit consecutive doubles, but a ground out the next at-bat left two runners on base.
Carroll placed two more runners on in the fifth inning after Katie Huisman doubled. After a pair of outs, Ashley Davis drew a walk, but, again, the Saints came away empty-handed.
In the sixth, the Saints looked like the rally was on when Natalie Gaber led off with a single. Brewer followed that up with a single to put two runners on with no outs. A flyout stalled the Saints before a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third.
COI forced two outs to get out of the inning unscathed.
Smith led off the seventh with a walk, then Courtney Schroeder was hit by a pitch to place two more runners on for the Saints. A grounder into a double play and a strikeout left the Saints short once more.
It was the Saints’ fifth consecutive loss.
Carroll heads to Missoula on Tuesday to take on Montana in a doubleheader exhibition. After that, the Saints return to Helena to face British Columbia on Senior Day with a series that will have plenty of postseason ramifications on the line.