The Concordia University, Nebraska, softball team dropped to 10-12 on the season after suffering a doubleheader sweep to Bellevue College on Tuesday, April 3. Bellevue took the first game of the evening, 5-2, then shutout the Bulldogs 5-0 in the nightcap.
Following Tuesday's action, Bellevue improved to 23-13 on the season.
Game One: Bellevue 5, Concordia 2
Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the second, sophomore Amanda Baldwin (Wilber, Neb.) socked her third triple of the season into right field to lead off the inning. The next batter, sophomore Amanda Beeson (Waverly, Neb.) knotted the game at 1-1 with an RBI ground out to short.
The 1-1 tie lasted until the bottom of the fourth when Bellevue inched ahead with a solo home run by Brooke Ellis. The Bruins added three more in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead.
In the sixth the Bulldogs got another triple, this time from senior Alyssa Bauwens (Perryville, Mo.). Following a walk to Baldwin, Beeson delivered her second RBI ground out, this time to second.
Concordia finished the game with seven hits, including four for extra bases but the Bulldogs stranded seven base runners in the loss.
Senior Nicole Sempek (Columbus, Neb.) suffered the loss (7-5), surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits in six innings.
Bellevue's Shelby Kindelin moved to 4-4 on the season, scattering seven Concordia hits and issuing two free passes.
Game Two: Bellevue 5, Concordia 0
Concordia struggled at the plate in the second game, securing just two hits. Junior Natalie Svoboda (Lincoln, Neb.) started the second consecutive game off with a hit, smacking a single up the middle. Unfortunately the next Concordia hit did not come until Bauwens lofted a double into center field in the seventh inning.
The Bulldogs were limited to just three base runners in the game, the third coming via a walk to freshman Molly Madsen (Thornton, Colo.) in the second inning.
Beeson took the loss (3-7) in the circle, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings.
Bellevue's Taylor Mohler moved to 11-4 in 2012, allowing two hits and a walk in the complete game shutout.
Concordia returns to action on Wednesday, April 4 as the Bulldogs travel to Salina, Kan. to face Kansas Wesleyan in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.