OKLAHOMA CITY (April 8, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian keeps finding different ways to win softball games and maintain the roll on which the Lady Eagles find themselves.
OC swept Cameron on Tuesday night at Tom Heath Field, winning the opener 9-0 in five innings with explosive offense and a touch of spectacular defense, then grinding out a 3-2 decision in the second game against the Aggies, scoring early and then holding on.
OC (28-13) has won 15 of its last 17 games heading into a Heartland Conference showdown on Sunday and Monday at No. 5-ranked St. Mary’s (Texas).
The Lady Eagles used a pair of big innings to win the first game in run-rule fashion against Cameron (25-15). During a four-run second inning, the Lady Eagles strung together four straight hits with two outs, with Lauren Pittman and Sarah Endres delivering RBI singles before a run-scoring triple by Kala Ratliff off Cameron starter Samantha Betts (10-6).
Cameron rallied, loading the bases with two outs in the top of the fourth, but OC right fielder Lauren Chatigny made a running catch of Breezy McComas’ drive to the wall to end the threat. OC then sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs in the bottom of the inning. Endres and Ratliff each contributed a run-scoring single ahead of a two-run triple to right field by Chatigny that made it 9-0.
“We did a great job of scoring early and scoring a lot in the first game,” OC coach Tom Heath said. “Lauren had a great game. The outfielders don’t get the praise at times that they deserve. Outfielders can win or lose a game for you. Lauren right then (in the fourth), at that point, did save us and kept them from scoring three runs at a critical time in the game.”
OC freshman Shea Coats (15-2) threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out eight and walking five.
In the second game, OC jumped on Cameron starter Kelsey Watson (13-8) for three quick runs in the first inning, with Kendra Pierce and Niki Davidson singling home runs and Courtney Starr bringing home another with a sacrifice fly.
Watson settled down and allowed only three more hits the rest of the way, but the Aggies had limited success against OC pitchers Taylor Mosher (8-5) and Haley Squier.
Cameron’s Paige Daino hit a solo home run in the fifth off Mosher. Squier entered to start the sixth inning and immediately surrendered a double down the right-field line to Tara Martini, who eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Emily Nix. But Squier retired the last five batters she faced to record her second save of the season.
“We did score the three (runs) in the first inning, thank goodness, because that’s all we got,” Heath said. “We just couldn’t seem to put the hits together the second game.”