Lincoln softball drops two to Nebraska Kearney

KEARNEY, Neb. — The Lincoln softball team mustered just seven hits on the day, dropping both halves of a doubleheader with Nebraska Kearney on Sunday.

The Blue Tigers had three hits while dropping the opener 7-1, then lost the nightcap 10-2 in a game shortened to five innings due to the run rule.

In the opener, Lincoln’s only run came on a solo home run by Sam Kircher in the third inning. It was her sixth of the season, putting her just one back of the Lincoln single-season record of seven put up by Erin Sommerer last season.

Kircher added a single in the first as part of a 2-for-3 day, while Amanda Coffelt’s fifth-inning single accounted for Lincoln’s other hit.

Jessica Cook (2-12) was the losing pitcher, working the first five innings. She gave up seven runs, although just three were earned thanks to three Lincoln errors. She allowed eight hits and seven walks.

Alyssa Laudwig pitched the final inning and did not allow a hit.

Nebraska Kearney had two four-run innings — the first and fifth — to go with two runs in the fourth to end the second game early.

Lincoln scored single runs in the third and fourth. In the third, Allyson Corry’s sacrifice fly scored Jessica Wolken, while Laudwig’s fielder’s choice in the fourth plated Kassidey Borland.

Kircher had two of Lincoln’s four hits, a single and a double, while Borland and Sommerer had one hit each.

Nebraska Kearney is 8-20 overall and 6-10 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, while Lincoln is 3-24 overall and 0-14 in the league.

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