Colonels surrender doubleheader 3-0, 8-1

The UCA Bear’s softball team steamrolled the Nicholls Colonels in a doubleheader this Saturday, capitalizing on their first win by offering a homerun in the second.
Game one found the first inning ending with zero hits, runs, and no players left on base for the Colonels. The Bears had one hit by junior outfielder Nicole Beals. The score remained the same through the second inning for both teams, with second baseman Tori Lay left on for the Colonels.
The Bears really began showing their colors in the third inning, with UCA junior right fielder Nicole Beals legging out a double on a hit to left field and sophomore outfielder Candice Gauntt reaching first on a dropped ball by the Colonels shortstop Alaina Guidry. The inning ended with Bears’ junior left fielder and first baseman Kasey Britt hitting a single to center field, rounding out the third by giving both Beals and Gauntt a chance to score.
Gauntt, who advanced to first on a dropped ball and stole second while Britt was at the plate, scored the final run of the first game.
The Bears came into the second contest with momentum and a surprising amount of energy even after having played a grueling first game.
Bears coach David Kuhn said, “A good offense builds morale, gets everyone excited, so they play better.”
The Bears displayed that energy by making a statement in the first inning. Gauntt singled to the pitcher, stole second, and then advanced to third when Britt hit a grounder to left. Bears’ sophomore shortstop Melanie Bryant slugged it into right field, and as a result of a fumble by the Colonels shortstop made it to second. Bryant’s hit allowed Gauntt to score, and Bryant achieved a second run for the Bears when junior designated player Katie Mcgregor grounded out to third.
The Bears kept pumping through the third inning with Britt sending what would be a three run shot over the right field wall, bringing in Gauntt and Beals who were on base. The third continued to be active for the Bears as Bryant who had singled up the middle was able to later steal second. McGregor and senior first baseman Shay Ristau would both fly out to center before offering Bryant a chance to reach home.
The fifth found Gauntt again on first after a single, which set up another stolen base leaving the sophomore in scoring position. Bryant soon followed with a homer to right center field and extending the Bears’ lead by two more runs.
In the sixth, the Colonels tried to answer with a single shot by third baseman Ashley Ray that found itself inching over the left field wall, but it was too late. Not to be outdone, the Bears offered one last run as Ristau sent a high flying solo homerun to left center, cementing the victory.
“I’m really proud of the way we played today, really proud of the girls,” Kuhn said.

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