STERLING — It was a disappointing split Saturday for the McPherson College softball team as it had hoped for a sweep against second-division Sterling.
The Warriors surprised Mac by winning the first game 4-2, only the second KCAC win this year for Sterling.
The Bulldogs, still without ace pitcher Ciara Archer because of illness, received decent pitching from Kaila Atkinson and Jenna Kaiser, but they didn’t have much support.
Mariah Wedel, Ariel McGee and McKenna Deckard all had two hits for the Bulldogs. McGee had a triple and Deckard a double. Sterling scored two runs in the fifth, which proved to be the difference.
The Bulldogs won the second game 2-1, as Kaiser pitched a gem. She gave up only five hits and fanned four, while walking just one.
Mac scored both its runs in the second, with Emily Davis getting the big hit of the inning with a double. Kaiser also had a double, but the other three hits were singles, two by Cassandra Moreno. Sterling scored a run in the seventh, but Kaiser was able to slam the door.
Mac is now 5-7 in the KCAC and 12-17 overall. It hosts KCAC-leading Ottawa on Wednesday.