It was a case of close but not quite for Fort Lewis College softball Saturday.
The Skyhawks fell 7-6 in eight innings to New Mexico Highlands before losing 7-6 to Adams State on Saturday in Alamosa in a pair of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference games.
FLC (2-8, 0-5 RMAC) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning against the Cowgirls before N.M. Highlands battled back to force extra innings, using an RBI single by Molly McDougall off losing pitcher Kassie Haubert (0-2) in the top of the eighth inning to top the Skyhawks.
Missy Fundora and Chelsea Rodriguez had two hits, while Kaitlyn Bending drove in a pair of runs.
In the second game, Adams State rallied in the late innings to deny the Skyhawks their first conference win of the year, besting FLC pitcher Victoria Johnson (1-2).
Rodriguez went 2-for-3, while Hayley Bolyard was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for FLC. Kaylynn Harmon also drove in two runs.
It was a better showing than last weekend’s tripleheader sweep at the hands of UC-Colorado Springs, even if it wasn’t enough to pick up a victory.
“We played much better than we did last weekend, and that was nice to see,” FLC head coach Kira Zeiter said. “We’re moving in the right direction, and we plan on continuing into the correct direction (today) in our games.”
FLC will tangle with the same pair of teams today, beginning at 10 a.m. against Adams State.