FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Thanks to Mother Nature the USF softball team had to wait a while for the program’s home opener. Unfortunately for Cougar fans, Bethel didn’t make it worth the wait as the Pilots swept the Cougs 1-0 and 10-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
Game one was a pitcher’s duel, as both teams were scoreless through six. In the top of the seventh Bethel’s Katrina Klingberg was caught in a rundown off third base. Klingberg would have been out at home but the ball squirted out of USF catcher Erica Smith’s glove after she applied the tag, staking Bethel to a 1-0 lead. The USF bats couldn’t muster a run in the bottom half of the inning, setting the final at 1-0.
In the late game the Bethel bats exploded, leading to a 10-0 win by the Pilots.
USF falls to 4-12 overall and 1-5 in Crossroads League play.
The Cougars have rescheduled their double header with Spring Arbor from March 18 to tomorrow. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.