ALVA, Okla. - Cheyanne Terry's ninth-inning single up the middle propeled the Northwestern Oklahoma State University softball team to a 4-3 win in nine innings over Rogers State on Thursday afternoon.
The wins give Northwestern a puncher's chance to make the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament. The Lady Rangers sit 1.5 games back of eighth place Oklahoma Baptist, which has two games against No. 3 Oklahoma City this evening. The Lady Rangers have four more conference games remaining.
Game One - Box Score
The Lady Rangers stung the ball in game one leading to a 7-6 win over the Lady Hillcats.
After starting pitcher Ashton Fitzgerald navigated a scoreless first, the Lady Rangers were hot with the bats scoring five times in the bottom half.
Alyssa Taylor's single plated Monica Jaramillo to get Northwestern (21-20, 6-16 Sooner Athletic Conference) on the board. With runners on second and third Megan Bourdon's double made the game 3-0. Bourdon scored on an error and Jasmine Braxton stole home for the fifth run of the inning.
The Lady Hillcats scored one in the second and two in the third off of Fitzgerald, who picked up the win giving up five earned runs over 4.1 innings.
Northwestern scored two more in the third inning. Alyssa Taylor singled to start the inning and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Bourdon. Taylor scored on a double by Braxton, who scored after Katie Glenn bunted for a single.
Rogers State tried to come back but couldn't manage to break through against reliever Kellie Mason, who picked up her fourth save of the season giving up one run over 2.2 innings of work.
Braxton and Taylor each had two hits in the game.
Game Two - Box Score
Terry's ninth-inning single plating Braxton ended a thriller 4-3 in nine innings. Glenn singled past the Rogers State infield, which anticipated a bunt to put runners on first and third. Snyder was walked to load the bases with no one out. After Mason struck out and Jaramillo popped up to left, Terry ended the game wth her single.
Mason held the Lady Hillcats scoreless in the top of the ninth despite the international tiebreaker rules where a runner begins each half inning at second base. After an error put runners on first and third with no one out, Mason fanned Tory Fitch for the first out.
The Lady Hillcats attempted a double steal, but Laura Fleck was thrown out at the plate for the second out. Mason fanned Kirsten Leppla to end the inning.
Northwestern nearly lost the contest in the eighth. Rogers State scored a run on a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly, but the Lady Rangers responded in the bottom half. Terry bunted Jaramillo to third and Monique Zevada drove her in with a single to knot the game at three.
For most of game two, it was a pitcher's duel. The Lady Rangers broke through in the bottom of the fifth inning after Glennsingled to start. She stole second and was driven home on a single by Snyder.
Rogers State scored twice in the fifth chasing Braxton from the game, who pitched outstanding. The senior gave up just six hits and two runs over five-plus innings of work.
The Lady Rangers evened the score in the bottom half of the inning with the help of Terry, who was outstanding all game long. She led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Zevada. Bourdon came up with a huge single to left to tie the game at two as Northwestern went on to win the game in extras.
Mason picked up her eighth win of the season in relief of Braxton. She pitched four innings in game two giving up just one earned run.
Zevada was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and Bourdon added three hits of her own. Glenn and Terry each had two hits.
The Lady Rangers have four remaining conference games all with Lubbock Christian. Northwestern is scheduled to play a Sunday doubleheader against the Lady Chapparals while the games previously scheduled for Alva do not have a make-up date set.
Thu, April 26, 2012
by Allan Scarabello