Despite scoring zero runs in the first game against Texas Women’s University, the Oklahoma Christian University’s softball team scored eight runs on 10 hits to claim a victory in the second game Wednesday in Denton, TX.
The Lady Eagles faced Texas Women’s earlier this season on Feb. 10, defeating the Lady Pioneers 6-4 in Grand Prairie, TX.
“We knew going into this game that Texas Women’s was a good team, but we needed to have a winning mentality,” senior outfielder Haley Squier said. “They are good, but as a team we needed to believe that we were capable of beating them.”
Although Squire said the winning mentality was there, the Lady Eagles struggled on offense against the Lady Pioneers’ pitcher during the first game of the doubleheader.
TWU held the Lady Eagles to two hits in the first game, with the Lady Pioneers claiming the shutout victory. Their only run came in the first inning off an error third baseman Bridget White.
Sophomore pitcher Madison Hagood pitched the first game against the Lady Pioneers, holding them to only three hits in the Lady Eagles’ 0-1 loss.
After the loss, Squier said the mindset remained on winning, but with an offensive focus.
“We needed to find ways to get on base and score runs,” Squier said. “Our defense and pitching in both games were incredible, but the second game we had to do better offensively.”
Neither team scored in the second game of the doubleheader until the third inning, when the Lady Eagles scraped across six runs.
Taking advantage of loaded bases, the following Lady Eagles scored: sophomores Lacey Davidson, Kayla Eichler and Kaylie Upton; junior Sheridan Bond and seniors Niki Davidson and Squier.
The Lady Eagles added two more runs in the sixth inning. With no answer from the Lady Pioneers, Oklahoma Christian run-ruled Texas Women’s in the second game to claim a victory.
Junior pitcher Madison Nordyke recorded the win for the Lady Eagles in the circle, holding the Lady Pioneers to only four hits, before Hagood entered to pitch the final inning, picking up her second save of the season.
The Lady Eagles will travel to Wichita Falls, TX, to face Midwestern State University on Tuesday at 5 and 7 p.m.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.