Softball splits with MSU, swept by UCO in home opener

Sophomore Bridget White throws the ball to first baseman Madison Nordyke. Photo by Jenny Rigney.

Sophomore Bridget White throws the ball to first baseman Madison Nordyke. Photo by Jenny Rigney.

With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, junior Sheridan Bond hit a double to left-center field to allow two Oklahoma Christian University softball players to score, leading to a 3-0 win against Midwestern State University on Feb. 21.

In the first game of a doubleheader against the Lady Mustangs, the game remained scoreless until the seventh inning. The Lady Eagles finally scored in the top of the seventh inning when sophomore Kaylie Upton hit a single to shortstop, allowing sophomore Bridget White to score.

Upton and sophomore Kayla Eichler then both scored off of Bond’s hit. With no answer from the Lady Mustangs, the Lady Eagles sealed the first game victory.

Sophomore pitcher Madison Hagood (4-4) pitched her first shutout game of the season, allowing only two Lady Mustang hits, to record a victory for the Lady Eagles.

According to junior Madison Nordyke, Hagood kept the game alive for the Lady Eagles.

“Madison did a really good job in the circle to keep us in the game,” Nordyke said. “Then we finally broke through in the end, and we were able to score.”

In the second game against Midwestern State, the Lady Eagles scored early, with Bond crossing the plate off of a Lady Mustang error in the third inning. Senior Haley Squier scored on another unearned run to put the Lady Eagles up 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning.

Nordyke boasted a perfect game going into the bottom of the sixth inning, allowing none of the first 16 Midwestern batters to reach a base, before giving up two home runs in the bottom of the inning. Despite being the only two hits in the game for Midwestern, they resulted in three scored runs for the Lady Mustangs, sealing a 3-2 win over the Lady Eagles for the second game of the doubleheader.

Nordyke said she credits the Lady Eagles’ strong pitching performance of the doubleheader to the hard work dedicated in the offseason.

“We worked really hard in the offseason on making sure we hit locations and just trusting ourselves when it comes to pitching,” Nordyke said.

On Sunday, the Lady Eagles returned home after playing the first 14 games of the season on the road to battle cross-town rival University of Central Oklahoma.

The Lady Bronchos swept the Lady Eagles in a doubleheader, winning the first game 3-0 and the second game 4-0. Oklahoma Christian recorded four hits in each of the games on Sunday against a number 11 ranked Central Oklahoma team.

Hagood pitched the first game for the Lady Eagles, striking out five Lady Bronchos in the loss. In the circle for the second game, Nordkye struck out two Lady Bronchos and allowed seven hits in the final game of Oklahoma Christian’s home opener.

This is the second week in a row the Lady Eagles have received Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. Nordyke was given the honor last week after allowing only three hits in an 8-0 victory over Texas Woman’s University. This week the conference selected Hagood to receive the honor after her shutout performance against Midwestern State.

“It means a lot to me, because I worked really hard trying to improve,” Nordkye said. “I just want to do better for my team, but I could not have done it without them. If it was not for them, I would not have gotten that award.”

The Lady Eagles continue their stay at home with a 3-game series against Fort Hays State on Friday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m and Saturday at noon.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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