WICHITA FALLS, Texas (Feb. 13, 2014) – If Tuesday’s season-opening doubleheader at Midwestern State (Texas) is any indication, Oklahoma Christian will be strong hitting team during this softball season.
The Lady Eagles pounded three home runs – including a momentum-swinging 3-run shot by Courtney Starr – to beat Midwestern State 10-8 in the first game of the doubleheader. The Mustangs rebounded to gain a split by beating OC 11-4 in the second game at Mustangs Park.
In the opener, Starr’s homer in the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie and OC (1-1) held on for the win.
With the score tied 4-4, Kala Ratliff doubled down the right-field line and freshman Niki Davidson singled to center field, setting up Starr’s home run over the left-field fence. Monique Elliott put OC up 8-4 with a RBI single later in the inning.
The Lady Eagles added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh, one on a RBI double by Ratliff. Those proved valuable as Midwestern State (4-3) scored four runs in the bottom of the inning, three on a home run by Shelby Carter and another on a solo shot by Baylee Voigt, both with one out.
Taylor Mosher relieved OC starter Shea Coats and retired two of the next three batters to end the game and record the save.
Lauren Pittman also hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs and Kendra Pierce added a solo home run for the Lady Eagles, while Davidson went 3-for-4 with a RBI in her collegiate debut to lead OC’s 15-hit effort.
Coats (1-0) struck out two batters in 6 1/3 innings. Katlyn Holmes (0-1) took the loss for the Mustangs, giving up 10 hits and eight runs in 5 1/3 innings.
The Mustangs seized control in the second game with a three-run first-inning outburst against Mosher (0-1) and despite finishing with 13 hits, OC couldn’t keep up on the scoreboard.
Davidson went 3-of-4 with a RBI and Martha Thomas went 2-for-3 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored for OC.
Katherine Batey (1-0) went the distance in the circle for Midwestern State.
OC next will visit Abilene Christian, in its first year of transition into NCAA Division I, for a three-game series on Friday and Saturday.