Softball team steals doubleheader from USAO

Avery Walker connects with the ball during the team's doubleheader against USAO on Feb. 16. Photo by Abby Bellow.

Avery Walker connects with the ball during the team's doubleheader against USAO on Feb. 16. Photo by Abby Bellow.

The Lady Eagles softball team swept a doubleheader against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in the team’s home opener on Tuesday.

In an interview with Oklahoma Christian University’s Sports Information Director Murray Evans, Head Coach Tom Heath said that he was “very impressed” with the way Hagood pitched in the first game, noting her young age.

“Madison pitched an outstanding game,” Heath said. “She’s a freshman. She’s still got a lot to learn, but she threw an outstanding ballgame. She got ahead in the count, which really helped her out. I thought she did an excellent job.”

Madison Hagood pitched the first game, tossing a one-hit shutout to aid in the 8-0 victory. Niki Davidson led the Eagles from the plate, going 2-3 with a double and two runs driven in. Jordan Chism send home Avery Walker in the fifth inning that gave Oklahoma Christian the run-rule.

Nordyke started pitching the second game by retiring the first 10 batters she faced. After Chism’s three-RBI double, Lacey Davidson knocked in Haley Squier to take the 6-0 lead after three innings.

The Drovers tied the game in the top of the seventh, capping off a five-run seventh inning. But after Bridget White laced a double, Nordyke sent a double to deep center field to give the Eagles the 9-8 victory.

Nordyke took the pitching win for Oklahoma Christian and recorded five strikeouts.

Heath said that the team is still learning the college game but he is proud of how it has played thus far.

“We’ve got a young team and there’s a lot to be learned,” Heath said. “Every game we play, we learn something new. I was very proud of the way we hung in there and came up with two big hits that won it…our hitting really came through today and I was very happy to see that.”

The Eagles take a three-day, five-game road trip to San Antonio this weekend to play in the Rattler Invitational on Feb. 19-21.

Statistics provided by the Oklahoma Christian University Sports Information office.

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