3-2 win over Rockhurst breaks slide for Lady Eagles

Krystal Rodriguez recorded her first career pitching win against Rockhurst.
Krystal Rodriguez recorded her first career pitching win against Rockhurst.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Feb. 17, 2013) – What had been a frustrating few days for Oklahoma Christian in the 7-States Classic ended with a positive on Sunday afternoon for the Lady Eagles.

OC snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Rockhurst (Mo.) in the Lady Eagles’ final game of the three-day softball event.

Michelle Miller’s RBI single in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted OC (5-4) to the win. Kendra Pierce also had a two-run double in the second inning for the Lady Eagles, capping a week during which she hit .440.

Krystal Rodriguez (1-0) picked up her first career pitching win, throwing four shutout innings against Rockhurst (3-3) and limiting the Hawks to three hits.

OC’s next games will be in a Tuesday doubleheader at Northwestern Oklahoma State.

In their first game Sunday, against Missouri Western, OC outhit the Griffons 9-7 – including a 3-for-3 effort by Sarah Peoples – but left nine runners on base and surrendered a five-run fifth inning in a 6-4 loss.

Pierce’s double scored Peoples in the top of the third, but Missouri Western (7-2) evened the score in the bottom of the inning. The Lady Eagles went up 2-1 in the fifth after Peoples doubled and scored.

Missouri Western broke through in a big way in the bottom of the fifth off OC freshman Danielle Collins (0-1), who was making her first career pitching start, and reliever Lindsy Moore. Maegan Roemmich delivered the big blow, a grand slam that put the Griffons ahead 6-2.

Lauren Chatigny singled and scored on a triple by Peoples in the sixth to pull OC within 6-3, but Peoples was thrown out at home while trying to score on a grounder by Monique Elliott. In the seventh, Collins hit her first career home run, a solo shot that made it 6-4, and the Lady Eagles put the next two runners on base, but couldn’t bring them around.

Janie Smith (4-0) picked up the win in relief for Missouri Western.