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Softball falls lower in conference rankings

The Oklahoma Christian University softball dropped two places in conference standings to fourth after they were swept in a three-game series by Lubbock Christian University April 13-14 in Lubbock, TX.

During the first three innings of the first game, Oklahoma Christian gave up 11 runs. Both Sydney Beuthien and KK Lopez-Lui recorded homeruns to score for Lubbock Christian.

The Lady Eagles managed to put three runs on the board, but they failed to overcome the deficit and lost the game, 11-3.

Pitching the loss for the Eagles, senior Madison Hagood’s (9-10) three-game streak of only allowing three hits came to an end. She recorded the loss for Oklahoma Christian. In one inning, she allowed five hits and six runs. Senior Madison Nordyke relieved Hagood and pitched two innings before freshman Hannah Andrews finished the game on the mound.

The second game of the series began the same way as the first game. Lubbock Christian opened the scoring and, in two innings, scored 13 runs.

Oklahoma Christian got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Nordyke scored when senior Kaylie Upton singled to right field, allowing senior Bridget White to advance bases. White scored in the same inning after junior Lacey Davidson hit a double to right center field.

The game ended after the top of the fifth inning at 13-2, because Oklahoma Christian did not score any more runs.

Upton (11-4) pitched the loss for the Lady Eagles. She pitched one inning and allowed four hits.

Andrews relieved her and faced five batters in the second inning. Hagood entered the game for the final innings and struck out one batter.

In the third and final game of the series, Lubbock Christian scored one in the bottom of the first inning.

Oklahoma Christian answered with four runs in the top of the second inning. Senior Hunter Strickland started the scoring for the Lady Eagles on an error by Lubbock Christian. Three Lady Eagles crossed home after Strickland. Davidson, senior Jessica Killer and freshman Payton Sabolski all scored on a double hit by Nordyke.

Nordyke recorded three hits and three RBI during the third game.

The Lady Eagles scored two more runs in the fifth inning to take the lead 2-6. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lady Chaparrals scored three runs followed by five runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the game, 10-6.

Upton started at pitcher for Oklahoma Christian. She pitched three innings, finishing with two strikeouts. Nordyke (5-7) relieved her, pitched one inning and was credited with the loss. Hagood pitched the final inning of the games and recorded one strikeout.

The Lady Eagles will travel to San Antonio, TX to play Heartland Conference leader St. Mary’s University in a three-game series April 22-23.

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