In the 11th inning of the third game of the series Saturday, Oklahoma Christian University’s freshman Caitlin Young caught a fly ball to center field. Then, she connected a throw to senior catcher Niki Davidson, who tagged the St. Edward’s University runner out at home plate. After that out, the Lady Eagles went on to win 1-0 in the 12th inning.
“We knew if it came to us in the outfield it would have to be a bang-bang play or else they were going to win,” Young said.
The Saturday win brought Oklahoma Christian a series victory over St. Edward’s, which moved them into a tie with St. Edward’s for second place in the Heartland conference standings.
The Lady Eagles remain one game away from claiming the number-one spot in conference. If they earn the number one seed, the Lady Eagles would host the conference tournament at home on Tom Heath Field.
“Personally, I am really confident in our team this season,” Young said. “We are just going to have to play like everything is on the line, which it is.”
According to Young, the Lady Eagles left everything on the line in the series against St. Edwards this past weekend.
Friday, the Lady Eagles opened the first game of the series with an early 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. With a single from sophomore Kayla Eichler, Niki Davidson and junior Madison Nordyke scored for the Lady Eagles.
Those two runs would be the only runs scored for the Lady Eagles in the 2-9 first-game loss. Sophomore Madison Hagood (12-9) pitched for the Lady Eagles. She threw three strikeouts in the loss.
In the second game of the series Friday, the Lady Eagles fought from behind to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning.
After two extra innings of play, the Lady Eagles broke through in the ninth inning with a single from sophomore Bridget White to score freshman Kenysha Noland. The Lady Eagles won the second game 4-3.
Nordyke recorded the win from the pitcher’s mound for the Lady Eagles. Hagood stepped in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning. She recorded her fifth save of the season and the seventh save of her career.
Saturday, in the third game of the series, the Lady Eagles matched the longest softball game in Oklahoma Christian history, playing for 12 innings.
The Lady Eagles remained tied 0-0 with St. Edward’s for eleven innings, until senior Haley Squier hit a sacrifice fly to center field, which allowed sophomore Lacey Davidson to score.
Hagood (13-9) pitched the victory for the Lady Eagles, holding St. Edward’s to only eight hits and zero runs, in the 1-0 win.
“We are definitely fighters,” Young said. “We want to win no matter what it takes.”
The Lady Eagles will return home on Friday and Saturday to battle St. Mary’s University in a three-game series.
Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.