ISU softball: Bengals split Day 1 at UC Davis Invite
A strong pitching performance by Autumn Pease and Mariah Mulcahy propelled Idaho State to a 3-1 win over UTEP on Friday morning at the UC Davis Aggie Invitational. Later in the day, the Bengals fell to Saint Mary’s 7-3.
“We played a very good game versus UTEP,” Idaho State coach Candi Letts said. “Our pitchers kept them off balance and we had timely hitting. We didn’t compete as well as we needed to against Saint Mary’s. We made too many mental mistakes to keep the game close.”
Pease earned the win against the Miners, pitching five innings, allowing four hits and one run, walking three and striking out nine. Mulcahy earned the save, allowing one hit in the final two innings.
Idaho State had three hits. Emma Bordenkecher hit a solo home run to left field in the first inning. In the second inning, ISU extended its lead to 3-0 with a two-run inning. Shayna Dahlen led off with a walk and Danni Ryan singled to left. After a sacrifice bunt by Jayden DeMoss, Courtney Wiley smacked a two-RBI single down the right field line.
UTEP scored its run in the fourth inning.
Against Saint Mary’s, the Bengals scored three runs on seven hits and committed three errors while Saint Mary’s had 10 hits and two errors.
ISU pitcher Kelsea Sweeney took the loss as she pitched four innings, allowing eight hits. Two of the seven runs allowed were earned.
Saint Mary’s scored all seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. In the inning, SMC had four hits and took advantage of three Bengal errors in the inning.
The Bengals continue play at UC Davis on Saturday against UC Davis and Saint Mary’s.