Softball takes two of three from Newman

Photo by Jenny Rigney

Photo by Jenny Rigney

With the bases loaded in the first inning, sophomore Lacey Davidson hit a double to score three Lady Eagles, allowing the Oklahoma Christian University’s softball team to open its three-game series over Newman University with a 6-0 victory, Friday in Wichita, KS.

After suffering a series loss to conference rival Texas A&M International University last weekend, sophomore Kayla Eichler said hitting practice ultimately led to the win over Newman.

“Everyone was really frustrated with the results from last weekend,” Eichler said. “In practice we really worked on seeing the ball better and our timing, which was much better this series.”

In the opening game Friday against Newman, the Lady Eagles jumped to an early lead with five runs in the first inning. Both teams went scoreless for the next four innings, until Eichler hit a home run in the top of the sixth to increase the Lady Eagles’ lead to 6-0.

Sophomore Madison Hagood (10-7) picked up the win in the first game for the Lady Eagles. From the pitcher’s mound, she shutout the Lady Jets, allowing them only four hits.

In the second game of the Friday series, the Lady Eagles remained scoreless in a 0-4 loss to the Lady Jets.

“We faced a really good pitcher the second game,” Eichler said. “She was throwing a lot of down balls, so it was harder for us to hit line drives.”

Jensen Cromer, the pitcher for Newman, held the Lady Eagles to only five hits. Sophomore Kaylie Upton (7-2) pitched the second game for the Lady Eagles, throwing two strikeouts in the loss.

Saturday morning, Hagood pitched her third shutout of the season and 13th complete game to lead the Lady Eagles to a 3-0 victory over the Lady Jets. Hagood held Newman to four hits.

Following this performance, Hagood was named the Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season. Currently, she leads the conference with a 1.54 ERA and is second in strikeouts with 92.

For the Lady Eagles, junior Madison Nordyke scored twice and Eichler achieved one run in the third-game victory over Newman.

With this win on Saturday, the Lady Eagles claimed the series victory over Newman and moved to a third-place tie with St. Edward’s University in conference rankings.

Eichler credited the series to an overall team effort from the Lady Eagles.

“Our hitting finally came all together,” Eichler said. “We won as a team, instead of just a few people here and there getting good things done.”

The Lady Eagles return home to Tom Heath Field to play a three-game series against Lubbock Christian University April 7 and 8.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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