In the first of three match-ups, the Oklahoma Christian softball team lost two games against Cameron University at McMahon Field in Lawton, OK April 4.
Oklahoma Christian struck early in the first game of the doubleheader when senior Sheridan Fuller scored.
The Lady Eagles scored two more runs during the game, but they allowed the Lady Aggies to complete seven runs across four innings to win the game 3-7.
Senior Madison Nordyke (5-6) pitched the loss for Oklahoma Christian. She allowed four hits and threw four strikeouts. Senior Kaylie Upton relieved Nordyke and pitched for the final two innings, allowing two hits and three strikeouts.
The second game against Cameron lasted for five innings.
Oklahoma Christian scored first in the top of the first inning. Senior Bridget White hit a solo homerun to left field to put the Eagles ahead 1-0.
Then, the Lady Aggies answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to go ahead by one. They scored again in the bottom of the fourth inning, putting three runs on the scoreboard.
Oklahoma Christian only scored one more run in the fifth inning after Nordyke singled to the left, which allowed senior Jessica Killer to score to bring the score to 2-5.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lady Aggies scored five runs to run rule win the game 2-10.
Freshman Hannah Andrews (0-1) started as pitcher for the Lady Eagles. In the three innings of play, she allowed nine hits. Senior Madison Hagood pitched one inning for Oklahoma Christian and gave up one hit.
After getting swept by Cameron, the Lady Eagles played Heartland Conference opponent Newman University at home April 5.
In the first game of a three game series, Oklahoma Christian scored two runs in four innings to win 4-8.
White and Upton both recorded two RBIs, and sophomore Bailey Strecker led the Eagles with three hits.
Upton (11-2) pitched the win for the Lady Eagles. Through five innings, she threw one strikeout and allowed seven hits. Nordyke relieved Upton in the sixth inning to record her third save of the season.
Oklahoma Christian held the Lady Jets to zero runs in five innings of play in the second game against Newman.
The Lady Eagles scored one run in both the second and third innings before scoring six runs to win the game 8-0. Each of the runs were scored by eight different Lady Eagles.
Hagood (7-9) started on the mound for the Lady Eagles and recorded the win. She threw four strikeouts and only allowed three runs.
During the third game against Newman April 6, Oklahoma Christian took the lead 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning when Eichler hit a homerun to left field, her fourth of the season.
In the top of the fourth inning, Newman tied to game, 1-1.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Nordyke connected and hit a single to left field to score freshman Payton Sabolski, giving the Lady Eagles the lead 2-1.
Newman grounded out three times to close the seventh inning and give the Lady Eagles the win, 2-1.
Hagood (8-9) pitched the win for Oklahoma Christian. She threw her second straight three-hit game and also added two strikeouts in the win.
For her performance against Newman, Hagood was named Eagle of the Week by Oklahoma Christian’s Information Sports Director Murray Evans. Hagood is the second softball player to win this award, with Kayla Eichler being the first Feb. 11.
Following the series against Newman, Oklahoma Christian opened this week with a doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) April 9.
ENMU opened the scoring with one run in the top of the first inning.
Oklahoma Christian tied the game in the bottom of the third with a run from Killer. Then, senior Hunter Strickland gave the Lady Eagles the lead after Killer singled to center field to advance the base runners.
In the fifth inning of play, ENMU’s Erikka Burke hit a homerun to right field and also scored Precious Aguirre to take the lead 3-2.
Because of a scoreless seventh inning, the Lady Eagles lost the game by one run.
Upton (11-3) started on the mound and pitched four innings for Oklahoma Christian before being substituted after she was called for a pitching error. Nordyke relieved Upton and pitched two innings.
Oklahoma Christian held ENMU to zero runs in the final game of the doubleheader and won the game to record a series split with the Lady Greyhounds.
During the game, the Lady Eagles scored three runs across four innings.
Hagood (9-9) pitched the win for Oklahoma Christian, recording her third three-hitter game. She also added six strikeouts in the win.
The Lady Eagles will travel to play Heartland Conference opponent Lubbock Christian University in a three-game series April 13-14 in Lubbock, TX.