SHAWNEE, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University softball team fell 7-3 in game one but Alyssa Taylor's three-run home run helped the squad salvage a split taking game two 4-1 against Oklahoma Baptist on Friday evening.
Game One - Box Score
Northwestern gave up four runs in the first and never recovered against Oklahoma Baptist falling 7-3 in game one of the doubleheader.
The loss spoiled a 3-for-4 performance by starting catcher Monique Zevada. Zevada put the Rangers on the board in the third inning with a run-scoring double which plated Kylee Wilson.
Wilson got in on the action in the fourth inning. Her sacrifice fly put the Lady Rangers (17-12, 4-8 Sooner Athletic Conference) within three runs. Jasmine Braxton's RBI-single made the score 5-3, but that's as close as the Lady Rangers would get.
The Lady Bison added two more runs to put the game out of reach.
Game Two - Box Score
The Lady Rangers fared much better in game two using a four-run third inning to propel them to a 4-1 win.
Alyssa Taylor blasted her fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot, to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead. The home run came after Zevada's fifth hit of the day which knotted the game at one.
Zevada finished game two going a perfect 4-for-4. She finished the day with seven hits.
Starting pitcher Braxton did the rest for Northwestern scattering eight hits while giving up just one earned run. The win is Braxton's fifth of the season.
Taylor added two hits for the Lady Rangers.
The Lady Rangers will return to action this Monday at home with a doubleheader against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College slated for a 2 p.m. start.
The doubleheader will be held in conjunction with the team's "Strikeout Scleroderma" promotion. Head coach Cody Hooper and the rest of the squad will attempt to raise awareness for the disorder.
Hooper's staff and players ask that fans wear teal or turquoise to the game to support the cause.
Fri, March 30, 2012
by Allan Scarabello