OKLAHOMA CITY (March 18, 2014) – Martha Thomas has been on a hitting tear for Oklahoma Christian the past couple of weeks and again was on her game Tuesday at Tom Heath Field against Oklahoma Wesleyan.
The Lady Eagles needed her to be, at least for one game. Thomas homered twice (one a grand slam) and had six RBIs as OC rallied for a 12-9 win over OWU in the first game of a doubleheader. Her teammates did most of the work in the second game as OC completed the sweep with an 8-0 run-rule win over the NAIA foe.
Oklahoma Wesleyan (9-15) entered the softball doubleheader on a six-game losing streak, but after OC (15-11) took a 4-0 lead in the first, OWU answered with a six-run second inning. The Lady Eagles tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the inning, but OWU scored three runs in the third before OC reliever Krystal Rodriguez finally quieted OWU’s bats.
Thomas’ grand slam in the bottom of the third inning off OWU starter Jenna Daniel (5-7) put OC back ahead 10-9 and the Lady Eagles added two more insurance runs in the fourth.
After three solid innings by Rodriguez (2-1) in the circle, Shea Coats came in to pitch 1 2/3 innings of no-hit ball to record her fourth save.
OC had a much easier time of it during the second game. Coats (8-2) threw a complete-game two-hit shutout and received plenty of run support.
Niki Davidson’s RBI single keyed a two-run first inning for OC and the Lady Eagles took advantage of two OWU errors to score four times in the second off starter Selena Lopez (4-8).
The Lady Eagles polished off the game in the fifth, as Jordan Chism’s RBI double made it 7-0 and Chism scored on a single by Sarah Endres, ending the game due to the run rule.
The games were only the second and third between OC and OWU, who first met in softball during last year’s National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region tournament in Conway, Ark. OC won that game 7-0.