Pitching battle gives Lady Eagles doubleheader against Fort Hays

Haley Squier prepares to receive Fort Hays' hit on April 12. Photo by Abby Bellow.

Haley Squier prepares to receive Fort Hays' hit on April 12. Photo by Abby Bellow.

The Oklahoma Christian University softball team took a doubleheader from Fort Hays State University on Tuesday.

The first came in walk-off fashion when Sheridan Bond singled and allowed Bridget White to cross the plate and score the game’s only run for a 1-0 victory.

It took all seven innings for the Lady Eagles to bring a run across, but behind seven shutout innings from pitcher Madison Hagood, the Lady Eagles were able to scratch one run across in the bottom of the ninth.

Madison Nordyke said that pitching and defense proved key in the first game for the Lady Eagles.

“The first game was a pitching duel at its finest,” Nordyke said. “We continued to fight and were finally able to scratch a run across to pull away for the victory.”

Bond led the Lady Eagles at the plate in the first game going 2-4 with the game’s only RBI. Kayla Eichler added two hits of her own. Haley Squier and Niki Davidson recorded one hit apiece.

Kaylie Upton pitched the second game and provided her team a second win. Upton went the complete game and gave up two runs, but both of those were scored as unearned.

Nordyke’s single in the fifth inning tied the game at 2-2. She would later score on an error to make it 3-2, then White’s two-run homerun in the sixth inning sealed the victory for the Lady Eagles, 5-2.

Nordyke said that the second game relied more on the hitters continuing to hit the ball hard.

“The second game we hit the ball really well, just hit it at them. But we finally were able to get some runs across,” Nordyke said. “Kaylie Upton pitched a good game too. We just need to continue to play good defense and hit the ball well to finish up the season.”

Nordyke led the Lady Eagles from the plate, going 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Lady Eagles will host Rogers State University on Friday and Saturday, starting Friday night at 7 p.m. at Tom Heath field.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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