PSU softball split keeps Vikings tied for first


GREELEY, Colo. - Portland State split with Northern Colorado on Saturday and remained tied with the Bears for first place in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Mountain Division.

Both teams were 10-4 in league play after PSU won the nightcap 11-2 in five innings. UNC used a pair of late home runs to come from behind in the opener and win 3-2.

The teams will play another doubleheader at 11 a.m. PT Sunday.

Portland State had a 2-0 lead in Saturday's first game, before a two-run homer by Megan Wilkinson tied the score in the sixth inning. With two outs in the seventh, UNC's Kailee Vessey hit a walk-off homer.

PSU outhit the Bears 9-6 in that game, but stranded 10 runners, as Nicole Latham, who went the distance on the mound, fell to 13-8.

In the second game, a pair of errors by Northern Colorado helped PSU take a 3-0 lead after three innings. Crysta Conn had a two-run triple in the first inning.

Becca Bliss of PSU homered for the first time in her career, with a runner aboard in the fourth frame, and then Carly McEachran clubbed her team-leading fifth HR to give the Vikings a 6-0 lead.

After a two-run homer by the Bears, PSU scored five times in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

"I'm proud of the girls for coming back the way they did in the second game," Portland State coach Tobin Echo-Hawk said. "We are going to have to battle tomorrow and show up for both games."

McEachran was 5 for 6 in the two games, and Anna Bertrand (10-8) overcame six walks to claim her fourth straight decision in Game 2. She allowed three hits and struck out one batter in five innings.