Starr hits 3-run homer as Lady Eagles beat Texas-Permian Basin, take series

Kendra Pierce had a pair of hits and scored twice for OC in the Lady Eagles' win at Texas-Permian Basin.
Kendra Pierce had a pair of hits and scored twice for OC in the Lady Eagles' win at Texas-Permian Basin.

ODESSA, Texas (March 1, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s offensive executive improved on Saturday and as a result, the Lady Eagles are headed home with a win in their first Heartland Conference series of the softball season.

Courtney Starr had two hits, including a three-run home run, and Kendra Pierce added a pair of hits to lift OC past Texas-Permian Basin 6-2, giving the Lady Eagles two wins in the three-game series between the teams.

“We did a much better job executing with runners in scoring position today and had a great day offensively,” OC coach Tom Heath said. “We really took advantage of runners in scoring position today.”

OC (8-7, 2-1 Heartland) picked up two runs in the second inning, taking advantage of two errors by UTPB (4-15, 1-2). The Lady Eagles made it 3-0 in the third, as Pierce singled and later scored on an error by UTPB pitcher Desiree Valero (1-10).

The Falcons picked up two runs in the fifth against OC starter Haley Squier (1-1), as Niki DiSera’s double scored Taylor Clancy and Jennifer Quam, who had singled.

Shea Coats relieved Squier and pitched the final two innings to pick up her third save. The Lady Eagles gave her a bit more cushion in the top of the seventh, as Pierce doubled and Martha Thomas walked ahead of Starr’s home run.

Squier allowed five hits and struck out four during her pitching stint.

“Haley had a great day in the circle,” Heath said. “She did a great job getting groundouts for us and we are very proud of her performance.”

OC’s next games will be on Tuesday, when the Lady Eagles host Cameron for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.