The University of Saint Mary softball team begins Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) play Wednesday and so it took to the home diamond for a final brush-up prior to league play.

The Spires played host to Jamestown University (North Dakota) Saturday for a doubleheader and a single contest Sunday and ended up losing the series two games to one, before wrapping up the weekend with a 10-6 loss against Morningside (Iowa).

In the Saturday contests, USM (7-17-1) won the first game 9-2 before having to settle for a split with a 3-0 defeat in the nightcap.

Kaila Trowbridge had three hits and Hannah Gradillas finished with four RBI to pace the nine-hit offense for USM.

Carrie Lee pitched five innings, giving up six hits and striking out three to earn the win.

Trowbridge pitched 1.1 innings in Sunday’s 10-6 loss in eight innings, as she took the circle for the first time for a staff struggling with injuries, and didn’t allow a run.

Jamestown broke open a 5-5 game after seven innings with a five-run barrage in the deciding frame to take the series.

Tycee Coplan, Alana Renshaw and Maddison Carr all had two hits for Saint Mary in the defeat.

In the loss to No. 9 ranked Morningside, the Spires were stung by five errors in a game that featured 23 combined hits.


USM baseball sweeps McPherson

The Spires’ baseball team moved to 6-19 overall and 4-5 in KCAC play with a three-game home sweep of McPherson College over the weekend.

USM wrapped up its dominance Sunday with a 10-6 win that followed a 10-9 and 3-1 doubleheader win over the Bulldogs (11-18, 3-6).

In the opening win, USM used a six-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a 9-4 deficit to launch the series on a positive note.

Juan Gallardo and Jordan Wilkerson each had three RBI and Adam Stebbins had a team-high three of the squad’s 12 hits.

Ryan Benson pitched a complete game five-hitter to back up a 10-hit performance by the USM hitters to complete the sweep.

Eight different Spires had at least one hit.

Wilkerson tagged a three-run homer and Stebbins added three RBI and the same number of hits to aid the Spires’ win in Sunday’s nine-inning contest.

Zach Novis pitched a complete game, striking out five while scattering 10 hits and giving up four earned runs.