Lady Eagles split Cameron, sweep Fort Hays

Sophomore Kaylie Upton throws a pitch. Photo by Jenny Rigney.

Sophomore Kaylie Upton throws a pitch. Photo by Jenny Rigney.

In the bottom of the eighth inning in the second game of a doubleheader, senior Niki Davidson connected on a pitch to hit a homerun, giving the Oklahoma Christian University’s softball team a 3-2 win over Cameron University on Feb. 28.

In the first game at Tom Heath field, the Lady Eagles struck early with two runs during the first inning. Cameron then answered in the third inning, scoring two runs to tie the game. Sophomore Madison Nordyke quickly broke the tie in the bottom of the third inning, scoring off of a single hit to left field by sophomore Bridget White.

The Lady Eagles lost the lead in the fourth inning after two runs were scored by Cameron. With no answer, the Lady Eagles suffered a loss in the first game, 3-4.

Sophomore Madison Hagood pitched for the Lady Eagles in the first game. She had seven strikeouts in the loss.

The second game of the doubleheader came down to a tie-breaking eighth inning, after the Lady Eagles tied Cameron in the bottom of the seventh. Davidson drove in the winning run for Oklahoma Christian with a homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning. The homerun was Davidson’s first collegiate walk off win.

Nordyke started in the circle for the Lady Eagles and only allowed three hits. Sophomore Kaylie Upton relieved Nordyke in the fifth inning, allowing only one Cameron player to connect on a pitch. Hagood stepped in to pitch the eighth inning and allowed zero hits.

“After our victory in the second game, we knew we had finally started putting everything together and we were ready for the future games,” Davidson said.

The Lady Eagles returned home for a three-game stretch against Fort Hays State University March 3 and 4.

In the first game on Friday, the Lady Eagles scored first. They completed three runs in the third inning and four runs in the fourth inning. The Lady Eagles would go on to beat Fort Hays 9-2.

Hagood recorded the win for the Lady Eagles in the circle, allowing Fort Hays only four hits. Upton entered the game and pitched the last two innings, allowing Fort Hays only one hit.

In the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, the Lady Eagles led by six until the sixth inning when Fort Hays managed four runs. The Lady Eagles, however, maintained the lead to secure the sweep over Fort Hays with an 8-5 win.

Sophomore Kayla Eichler started at pitcher for the Lady Eagles. Hagood stepped in to pitch the seventh inning and recorded her second save of the season.

On Saturday, the Lady Eagles completed a three-game sweep over Fort Hays with an 11-6 victory.

Junior Sheridan Bond had two hits and scored twice. Senior Haley Squier scored three times off of three hits. White also scored three times and recorded two RBIs. Davidson hit her second homerun of the week to aid the Lady Eagles in third victory over Fort Hays.

After relieving Upton, Hagood gained the win from the pitcher’s mound.

The Lady Eagles look to continue their success as they open nonconference play on Saturday.

“We have been very successful the past week, so we just need to continue what we have been doing, working on strong defense and pitching as well as consistent offensive,” Davidson said.

The Lady Eagles return home on Friday and Saturday to face Oklahoma Panhandle State University in a three-game series.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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