OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University softball team defeated Mid-America Christian University in game one of a doubleheader 9-0 behind Kellie Mason's perfect game and fell 5-3 in the night cap.
Game One - Box Score
Mason retired all 15 batters she faced while striking out seven. The win is her fifth of the season against two losses.
Northwestern won a strange type of game. The Lady Rangers managed just three hits but scored nine runs with the help of speed at the top of the lineup.
Jasmine Braxton led off the first with a single and stole second. She advanced to third on a groundout and proceeded to score on a wild pitch. A passed ball allowed Kelsey Ingram to score the second run of the game.
Northwestern broke the game open in the third with some help from the Lady Evangel defense which committed three errors in the frame. Autumn Klugh delivered a two-run single to make the MACU defense pay. More miscues allowed the Lady Rangers to make the game 8-0 after three innings.
Northwestern scored an extra run in the fourth as Lady Evangels pitcher Jackie Hilterbran walked two and hit another batter in the inning. Monica Jaramillo scored on a wild pitch to make the game 9-0.
Mason took care of the rest in the circle for head coach Cody Hooper's bunch.
Game Two - Box Score
NWOSU had some defensive woes in game two which the Lady Evangels made them pay for. A ball got past catcher Monique Zevada on a strikeout which would have been the third out of the inning. MACU went on to score four times in the inning.
"We laid down after Kellie (Mason) threw a perfect game," Hooper said. "That's why we are not a good team yet."
With runners on first and third with one out in the third inning, the Lady Rangers had a runner picked off third base to put a halt to a potential big inning.
The Lady Rangers got back in the game scoring three times in the top half of the fifth. Braxton and Cheyenne Terry singledwith one out inthe inning and Megan Bourdon reached on an error to load the bases.
Zevada was hit by a pitch to make the score 4-1. Alyssa Taylor singled home two runs to make it 4-3. Zevada was later thrown out at the plate on what would have been a sacrifice fly off the bat of Megan Snyder which would have tied the game at four.
MACU added a fifth run in the bottom of the fifth inning on what was officially scored an inside-the-park home run.
The Lady Rangers couldn't make the comeback.
NWOSU will take the field next on Saturday at noon for a home doubleheader against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Tue, March 6, 2012
by Allan Scarabello