STERLING — Bethany College’s softball team completed a 4-0 weekend with a 16-8 and 11-7 sweep of Briar Cliff University Saturday in the Sterling Invitational.
"We are pretty pleased with our baserunning," Bethany coach Janice Esses said. "We had some heads-up baserunning that allowed us to be in scoring position and score on base hits. We also executed well offensively. We feel this was a big boost, going undefeated this weekend and getting above .500 going into our new season of conference play. We have seen improvement and we need to keep progressing every day. Our nonconference schedule is designed to help us improve, be prepared for conference and hit our stride at the right time."
Kelli Traffas led the Bethany bats in the opener going 3 for 5 with three runs, four RBIs and two stolen bases. Mariana Cerenio-Jordan and Stephanie Minder each added three hits and two RBIs while Cerenio-Jordan had two runs and one stolen base.
Montana Bailey started on the mound for the Swedes, throwing four innings and allowing five earned runs off six hits and one walk, striking out one. Kiersten Stolley came in as relief, pitching three innings and allowing three earned runs off four hits, striking out one.
In Game 2, Minder went 2-3 with two RBIs and one run and Cerenio-Jordan went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and one stolen base. Emily Causey added two hits, two runs, and one stolen base while Blakesley tacked on two RBIs. Jasmine Zaker contributed three hits and two runs scored while Traffas tallied one hit, two runs a and one stolen base.
Minder got the start in the circle for Bethany, throwing five innings and allowing seven earned runs off five hits and three walks, striking out three. Stolley pitched in relief, throwing two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.
The Swedes are currently 17-16 overall, winning 11 of its last 13 games, scoring 10 or more runs in eight of those 11 wins. The Swedes begin conference play on Tuesday with a 4 p.m. home doubleheader against KCAC foe Friends University.