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Softball drops weekend to Lubbock Christian

The Lady Eagles suffered three consecutive losses to Lubbock Christian University on Thursday and Friday, dropping their season record to 14-19.

Pitcher and utility player Madison Nordyke said the team “gave a great effort” in the series.

“The weekend didn’t go as we had hoped, but I’m proud of my team for never giving up and continuing to fight,” Nordyke said.

Thursday’s doubleheader started with Lady Eagles’ Sheridan Bond sending a homer to right center field in the first inning. The team failed to score again in the game and LCU recorded two runs in the fifth inning, plus three in the sixth, to finish the game with a 5-1 victory.

The Lady Chaps stole the second game from Oklahoma Christian University despite the Lady Eagles’ rallying attempts.

As LCU led the game 1-0, Kelsie Finch nailed a three-RBI homerun to left field, sending Haley Squire and Bond with her and putting Oklahoma Christian in the lead 3-1. Shortly after, the Lady Chaps tied the game and took back the lead 5-3 with a two-RBI homerun and a two-RBI triple to left field.

Bridget White reached home, unearned, in the seventh inning, but the Lady Eagles couldn’t manage to score again and dropped the game 5-4.

“We hit the ball well, we just couldn’t catch a break,” Nordyke said. “We hit the ball hard, it just went right to them.”

On Friday, Nordyke pitched and took the loss as the Lady Eagles fell 10-2.

Lubbock Christian stacked up five runs in the first inning, taking advantage of the 24 mph winds sweeping out to center field. Bridget White scored the Lady Eagles’ first run in the third with a home run down the left field line, but the Lady Chaps retaliated with a two-RBI homer of their own.

Oklahoma Christian’s Squire hit a double to send Jordan Chism home in the fifth. However, the team fell farther behind when LCU hit a three-RBI homerun in the bottom of the fifth and ended the game with a 10-2 victory.

Despite the weekend’s losses Nordyke said she was optimistic about her team’s abilities.

“Lubbock is a really good team,” Nordyke said. “They hit the ball really well. However, we are capable of hitting and playing with them.”

The Lady Eagles will face Midwestern State University in a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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