In their opening game of a doubleheader against Texas A&M International University, the Oklahoma Christian University softball team lost 5-4 in the final inning at Tom Heath Field March 1.
Junior Kaylie Upton led two scoring plays, a single in the first inning that brought in senior Madison Nordyke and a stolen base in the third that allowed junior Kayla Eichler to score.
The Lady Eagles led 2-0 entering the fourth inning before giving up four runs and fell behind 4-2.
Freshman Daelyn Denny scored senior Sheridan Fuller in the bottom of the fourth to bring Oklahoma Christian within one run, 4-3, and in the sixth inning, Eichler brought junior Hunter Strickland across home on a single.
The Lady Eagles went into the seventh inning tied, 4-4, with the Dustdevils but gave up one final run in the top of the seventh and were unable to answer back.
Upton started on the mound for Oklahoma Christian and pitched four innings, giving up six hits, four runs and striking out two batters. Nordyke (1-5), credited with the loss, relieved her in the fifth inning and gave up two hits and one run.
During the second game against Texas A&M International, the Lady Eagles held the Dustdevils scoreless through the last two innings to win the game 5-3 March 1.
Upton again helped Oklahoma Christian get on the board as her single brought Eichler in the first inning.
In the third inning, Strickland hit a triple to the right and scored both junior Lacey Davidson and Fuller, putting the Lady Eagles up 3-1. Strickland went a perfect 2-2 on batting attempts, scoring two runs and adding two RBI.
Nordyke followed that triple with a single to the right, bringing in Strickland and increasing the lead to 4-1. In the sixth inning, Nordyke hit another single and scored Strickland again.
Junior Madison Hagood (3-3) pitched five innings for the Lady Eagles, giving up just eight hits and three runs but striking out three batters. Upton was credited with a save after relieving Hagood in the sixth.
In their second conference doubleheader of the week, Oklahoma Christian had a poor hitting and pitching game before falling 11-0 to St. Mary’s University March 3.
Junior Bridget White was the only player to record more than a single hit for the Lady Eagles, going 2-2 at the plate.
Upton (6-2) pitched three innings for Oklahoma Christian, giving up seven hits and seven runs while striking out one batter. Freshman Hannah Andrews relieved Upton in the fifth inning and allowed four hits, four runs and struck out one batter.
Less than an hour later, the Lady Eagles gave up six uncontested runs on their way to a 6-2 loss as St. Mary’s completed the sweep March 3.
Sophomore Bailey Strecker broke Oklahoma Christian’s run drought in the bottom of the fourth when she singled and scored White, bringing the game to 6-1.
Strecker doubled down the foul line in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Upton, which brought the score to 6-2. Despite holding the Rattlers scoreless through the final three innings, the Lady Eagles could not close the gap.
Hagood (2-4) pitched the first four innings of the game, giving up six hits, six runs and recording four strikeouts. Nordyke relieved her in the fifth and allowed zero hits through the final two innings.
The Lady Eagles will have a short break before traveling to Newman, KS March 14 to play Newman University at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in a Heartland Conference doubleheader.
The previous results from games against Lubbock Christian University can be found here.