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Lady Eagles move to third in conference standings, sweep second-place RSU

After two wins over Rogers State University, the Oklahoma Christian University softball team moved into third place in the Heartland Conference standings March 24.

Because of rain and poor field conditions, the Lady Eagles hosted Rogers State at Tiger Softball Field in Broken Arrow, OK.

In the first game of this unexpected road trip, the Lady Hillcats scored first when senior Katy Taylor stole home base.

The second and third innings went scoreless. Junior Kayla Eichler put the Lady Eagles on the scoreboard with a homerun over left field, her second homerun of the season, to tie the game 1-1.

Rogers State answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to regain the lead 1-3.

Down by two, Oklahoma Christian opened the seventh inning with three runs to win the game 4-3. Sophomore Daelyn Denny scored first on a fielding error, senior Hunter Strickland reached home on a ground ball by senior Sheridan Fuller and senior Jessica Killer closed the game by crossing home off a single by senior Madison Nordyke.

Senior Kaylie Upton started in the circle for Oklahoma Christian. She threw five innings with two strikeouts, giving up three runs. Senior Madison Hagood (5-9) relieved Upton in the sixth inning to end the game, allowing no runs and striking out three. Hagood was credited with the win.

The second game of the doubleheader began with two runs by Oklahoma Christian in the top of the first inning. Fuller scored on a single up the middle by Nordyke. Then, Nordyke scored on a fielding error by Rogers State to record another run.

The Lady Hillcats scored one in the bottom of the inning to decrese the Lady Eagles lead to one, 2-1.

Those two runs in the first inning proved to be the difference for Oklahoma Christian to clinch the win. After the first inning, each team only scored one run, leaving the Lady Eagles in the lead 3-2.

With 27 at-bats, Nordyke recorded the most hits for Oklahoma Christian with two and finished with one RBI. Freshman Payton Sabolski also added one RBI to assist in the Lady Eagles victory.

Hagood (6-9) started on the mound for Oklahoma Christian and recorded the win. She threw seven strikeouts to silence the Rogers State batters, holding them to only two runs and six hits. During her time in the circle against the Hillcats, Hagood picked up her 300th career strikeout as a Lady Eagle.

Nordyke entered to pitch the seventh inning and closed the game with two strikeouts, recording her second save of the season.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Cameron University in Lawton, OK to play a doubleheader April 4. The games will be played at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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