OTTAWA — The Bethel College softball team has its chances against 24th-ranked Ottawa University, but couldn’t close the deal.
Bethel fell to the Braves 8-7 in the first game and 9-3 in the second.
In the first game, Bethel scored in the first inning when Madison McDowell tripled and came home on a Jordan Hill ground out.
Ottawa came back in the bottom of the second on a two-run Sierra Rettele double and a two-run Kenzie Stevens single.
Ottawa added a run in the third when Alexa Romero grounded into a fielder’s choice.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Jeni Reichenberger hit a three-run double and came home on a Rylie Scudder single.
Katie Schrag and Scudder each had RBI singles for Bethel in the top of the seventh to give Bethel the lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, a pair of errors and a walk led to an Ottawa run. Jordyn Sarnecki followed with a two-run single to end the game.
Shelby Harvey threw two innings of relief for the win, allowing two unearned runs on four hits. Starter Rebekah Clinton allowed five runs on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
McDowell went 2.1 innings for Bethel, allowing five runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Scudder finished the game for the loss, allowing three unearned runs on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Stevens finished two for four hitting for Ottawa.
McDowell, Hill and Reichenberger each went two for four for Bethel. Scudder went two for three.
In the second game, Bethel scored first on a Baileigh Rager RBI double in the second inning. Ottawa scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the third.
Krystin McKelpin hit an RBI single for Bethel in the top of the fourth. Ottawa scored in the bottom of the fourth on a bases-loaded double play. Alexa Romero hit an RBI single for Ottawa in the bottom of the fifth.
Four hits and a pair of errors in the sixth led to six Ottawa runs. Ottawa scored when Stevens was hit by a pitch with bases loaded. Peyton Matejka hit a three-run triple and scored on an error. Aryn Smith hit a solo home run.
Bethel scored in the top of the seventh on a Hill ground out.
Amber Flmmerfelt went the distance on the mound for Ottawa, allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Bethel used four pitchers with Reagan Beckley taking the loss. Rager struck out three in three innings.
Ottawa improves to 28-12, 11-5 in KCAC play, third place in the conference. Bethel is 16-19, 7-9 in KCAC play. Bethel is in sixth place in the KCAC with six games remaining. The top eight teams make the KCAC post-season tournament.
Bethel plays at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McPherson. The Bulldogs are 23-17, 8-6 in KCAC play.
McDowell, Scudder (L, 5-3) 3 and K.Schrag; Clinton, Harvey (W, 1-0) 6 and Cott-Laurie. Time — 2:36.
Rager, Beckley (L, 3-10) 4, Scudder 6, Gallop 6 and K.Schrag; Flummertfelt (W, 8-2) and Rymer. HR — O: Smith (2). Time — 2:00.