OKLAHOMA CITY (March 26, 2013) – Taylor Mosher threw a complete game and Oklahoma Christian rode a five-run first inning to a 9-1 win over Southern Nazarene in the second game of a doubleheader between the longtime rivals at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Tuesday.
SNU pounded out 15 hits against three OC pitchers to take the opener over the Lady Eagles 12-4.
In the opener, OC (16-13) and SNU (11-21) were tied 3-3 after a two-run home run by OC’s Courtney Starr in the bottom of the third inning. But the Lady Eagles’ offense went mostly stagnant after that, while SNU kept on hitting away.
A two-run single to right field by Jill Clemence off OC starter Lindsy Moore (5-6) in the fourth inning put the Crimson Storm ahead 5-3. After Moore walked the leadoff batter in the fifth, Krystal Rodriguez relieved her, but gave up three hits in the inning, including a two-run, two-out double to right field by Kaylee Allen.
SNU led 8-3 after the fifth, then added another run in the sixth and three more in the seventh off OC reliever Danielle Collins. Kaytie Spencer went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for the Crimson Storm. Maci-Brooke Lambert (6-10) went the distance in the circle for SNU.
Everything changed in the second game, as the Lady Eagles jumped on SNU starter Jeneva Nelson (4-8). Nelson didn’t record an out before being pulled after facing only five batters, all of whom reached base. Starr’s two-run double and a two-run single by Kala Ratliff were the big blows in the inning for OC.
The Crimson Storm got a run back in the third against Mosher (5-3), as Megan Blevens homered just inside the left-field foul pole. But Mosher allowed only four other hits and consistently worked out of trouble, as SNU stranded eight baserunners.
OC took advantage of an SNU error to score twice in the third inning. The Lady Eagles had four hits in a two-run fifth, with a bases-loaded, two-run single to center field by Lauren Chatigny making it 9-1 and ending the game due to the run rule.
Chatigny, Ratliff, Lauren Pittman and Sarah Peoples each had two hits in the game for OC, while Chatigny, Starr, Ratliff and Peoples each had two RBIs.
OC will be off until next Monday, when the Lady Eagles will visit Central Oklahoma.