MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 10, 2013

Area college baseball and softball roundup


Phoenix wire reports

Bacone takes DH from Bethany

The Bacone Warriors (4-3) dodged the raindrops long enough to sweep a doubleheader from Bethany, 10-6 and 10-2.

In Game one, Ricardo Barbosa was 2-for-2 with four RBIs while Tony Mendez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Kyle Pietryga was 1-for-4 with three RBIs

Game two saw Mendez lead the way, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Anthony Seabolt was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI while Pietryga was 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBIs.



Ricketts goes back to back

TEMPE, Ariz. – After opening the season with a no-hitter against Stanford on Friday, one might have wondered what senior pitcher Keilani Ricketts would do for an encore. How about another no-hitter.

Ricketts threw her second no-hitter in as many games on Saturday as the Oklahoma softball team shut down Oregon, 12-0, in five innings at the Kajikawa Classic.

In earning career win No. 100, the senior lefty from San Jose, Calif., allowed just two baserunners against the Ducks on a walk and error. Of her 15 outs in the game, 10 came via strike out.

Ricketts has struck out 24 in 12 innings of work. She now has three career no-hitters, becoming the fifth pitcher in OU history to reach that figure.

She also joins Lauren Eckermann as the only Sooners to throw no-hitters on consecutive days. Eckermann accomplished the feat on March 3-4, 2007 against Temple and Wichita State, respectively.

In OU’s second game of the day, a four-run first inning was all the support the Oklahoma pitching staff needed in Saturday afternoon's 11-1, five-inning win over New Mexico.

Senior Michelle Gascoigne, freshman Taylor Dewbery and sophomore Georgia Casey combined to give up just three hits and one run while recording 10 strikeouts for Oklahoma (4-0) against the Lobos (0-5).



College softball roundup

OK BAPTIST 6, BACONE 1 – Oklahoma Baptist jumped out to a quick lead and held on against the Bacone Lady Warriors.

The lone run for Bacone came in the sixth inning on Karina Watson’s home run.

Lucy Walter (0-1) took the loss for Bacone. She allowed six runs on seven hits.

Bacone (1-1) faces Rogers State in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday.

COWTOWN TOURNAMENT – The Cowgirls (2-6) were 1-2 on Saturday at the Cowtown Tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, losing to Northeast Texas 7-5, defeating Hill College 6-3 and falling to Ranger, Texas in the night cap 11-3.

Caitlyn Craig took the loss inside the circle against Northeast Texas with Vian native Chelsie Drew leading the hitting attack going 3-for-4 at the plate.

In the win over Hill College, Jerelyn Long took the win with Jessica Christian recording a save while. Drew, Mercedes Pankey, Long and Hilldale ex Erin Isham pounding out two base hits in the victory.

In the final game Craig took the loss while Tahlequah grad Whittney Whittmore led the hitting for Connors with two base hits.

NSU SPLITS AT SE TOURNEY – The Northeastern State softball team won the morning contest and lost the nightcap on day two of the Southeastern Regional Invitational Saturday at the Durant Multi-Sport Complex.

The RiverHawks (1-3) run-ruled Ouachita Baptist 10-2, and then fell to Missouri Southern State 4-2 in eight innings.

Muskogee ex Madison Reed and Tahlequah native Saharra Henson each scored a pair of runs in the game against Ouachita Baptist. Henson and Amanda Harjo led the team in RBIs with three each.

In the loss to Missouri Southern, Henson got the RiverHawks on the board with a first-inning run.

The RiverHawks will stay in Durant for the final two games of the invitational Sunday. NSU will play both Angelo State and Cameron.