JAMESTOWN   (uj.edu)– Runs were at a premium for the University of Jamestown softball team Friday afternoon, as the Jimmies were swept by Northwestern (Iowa) College at Trapper Lawrence Field 3-2 and 3-1.

The losses drop UJ’s overall record to 25-13 and 9-7 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Red Raiders improve to 15-18 and 8-6 in the GPAC.

Jamestown will close out the regular season next week with six games in four days, beginning with a doubleheader Wednesday at Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) University in MItchell, S.D.

Game 1: Red Raiders 3, Jimmies 2

Despite outhitting Northwestern 12-4 in game one, the Jimmies found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-2 score.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth, as Northwestern’s Jennifer Boeve scored the first run following a single by Amber Schubert.

UJ responded with two runs in their half of the fourth. Mikayla Frost (JR/Melba, ID)’s single brought home Miriah Yoder (SR/Devils Lake, ND), and Allie McCain (SR/Duvall, WA) hit a sacrifice fly to score Mariah Martinez (FR/Visalia, Calif.), and the Jimmies led 2-1.

Northwestern scored a single run in both the fifth and sixth innings to retake a 3-2 advantage.

Jamestown got the tying run into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt, but relief pitcher Sydnee Isom retired the last two Jimmie hitters to end the threat.

Schubert had two of Northwestern’s four hits. Boeve and Bri Giordano accounted for the other Red Raider base hits.

Frost was 3-for-4 to lead the Jimmies while Yoder and Meghan Ramage (SR/Grand Forks, ND) both had a pair of hits. All nine UJ starters recorded either a hit or drove in a run.

Kat Miska (SO/Pequot Lakes, MN) (12-5) went the distance for Jamestown, giving up two earned runs on four hits. She walked two and struck out nine.

Game 2: Red Raiders 3, Jimmies 1

For the second straight game, Jamestown outhit Northwestern, but only scored once in a 3-1 defeat.

Northwestern led 3-0 after three innings before the Jimmies got on the board in the fourth. With one out and Meghan Ramage on second, pinch-hitter Steph Cota (FR/Tucson, Ariz.) singled to shallow right field. Ramage took advantage of some hesitation in getting the ball back into the infield, and as Cota hustled towards second base, Ramage headed for home and crossed the plate with UJ’s first run.

Jamestown got a runner to third base with two outs in the fifth but were unable to get a run-scoring hit. After going down in order in the bottom of the sixth, the Jimmies had a final chance to rally. Allie McCain singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but was erased by a fielder’s choice, then another groundout ended the rally.

Six different Jimmies had a hit, including a double by Sydney Prussia (SO/Detroit Lakes, MN). Madison Beaver was 2-for-4 to lead Northwestern.

Katie Merchant (FR/South Haven, Minn.) (11-7) surrendered just one earned run on four hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out two.