Lady Eagles split doubleheader with Pitt State

Avery Walker throws to the infield on March 1 against Pitt State. Photo by Abby Bellow.

Avery Walker throws to the infield on March 1 against Pitt State. Photo by Abby Bellow.

In the second matchup against Pittsburg State University, an extra inning lead to the Lady Eagles making a comeback to split Tuesday’s doubleheader.

The team, made up primarily of sophomores and freshmen, is working to boost its current 8-11 record, according to Utility player Veronica Cassel.

“We’ve started to improve every game, we’re a completely different team from where we were at the beginning of the season,” Cassel said.

Scoring in the first game was limited to the fourth and fifth innings.

Pitt State recorded three runs in the fourth inning and Lady Eagle Haley Squire put Oklahoma Christian University on the board with one. The Gorillas scored again in the following inning, but Alexus Vanlandingham, Jordan Chism and Bridget White closed the gap for the Lady Eagles to be one run behind the competition.

With no runs in the sixth, the Gorillas took the game 6-4 and the teams moved on to round two.

Pitt State scored the first run of game two and Sheridan Bond retaliated for the Lady Eagles, setting a tie in the third inning. Kelsie Finch pushed the team into the lead with a home run to left field for two RBIs.

The Gorillas took back the lead with three back-to-back runs in the sixth, but Finch scored to send the game into an extra inning at a 4-4 tie. Pitcher Madison Hagood kept the Gorillas from scoring in the top of the seventh, giving the Lady Eagles the chance to win.

With two outs and Chism on third, Finch knocked a single to center field and the Lady Eagles won 5-4 to split the doubleheader with Pitt State.

Cassel said the most challenging part of the week is yet to come in a three-game home series this weekend.

“We’re playing Texas A&M International and they’re also undefeated in conference, just like we’re undefeated in conference, so it should be interesting,” Cassel said. “I think we can do really good.”

The softball team will host the Dustdevils on Friday and Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. Friday.

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