Phoenix Staff Reports
WESTERN 10-12, CONNORS 9-0 — In Warner, Western blasted 10 home runs in sweeping a doubleheader sweep of Connors in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference softball twinbill Friday.
The Cowgirls (17-21, 4-8) held a 9-1 lead in the opener before the Lady Pioneers unleashed the big bats to rally for the win. Jessica Christian took the loss with Sammy Perry, Ashley Dunigan, Whitney Whitmore and Rikki Wooten getting two hits each.
Amanda O’Neal took the loss in the nightcap. Perry was the only Cowgirl to get two hits in the game.
NSU 3-18, CENTRAL MISSOURI 2-4 — In Tahlequah, Sequoyah graduate Saharra Henson hit her fourth home run of the season in the first game. Senior Cayce Coleman (3-3) tabbed the win in the circle after throwing a complete game. She allowed just two runs (one earned) on six hits, while striking out six and walking two.
In the nightcap, Lisa Ripperger led Northeastern State going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and hit her fourth home run of the season. Shelby Enloe (4-1) earned the win in the circle with a five-inning complete game, allowing six hits and four runs (two earned).
OUR LADY OF LAKE 4, BACONE 0 — Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth. the Lady Warriors loaded the bases with one out but the threat ended when Kelli Costello lined out to left field followed by Rhiannon Bean getting tagged out returning to third base. Taylor Paulson (6-10) took the loss after allowing four runs in five and two-thirds innings; Bacone moved to 9-16 overall and 8-15 in the RRAC with the loss. OLLU is now 24-8 overall and 13-0 in the RRAC.
TULSA 6-8, UCF 2-1 — The 18th-ranked Golden Hurricane (28-7-1, 8-0 C-USA) got round-trippers from Samantha Cobb, Lacey Middlebrooks and Julie Kernen to overcome a 2-0 deficit in Game 1. Cobb’s home run was a grand slam, the fifth of her career. It was the sixth homer of the season for both Cobb and Middlebrooks, and Kernen’s third long ball of the season.
Middlebrooks (12-2) earned the victory in the circle with a complete-game outing. In Game 2, Aimee Creger (14-2) struck out 11 batters and allowed one run on six hits and Haley Henshawhad four hits and two RBIs.
OSU SUSPENDED — After an hour and five minute rain delay, the Oklahoma State softball game against Texas Tech was called in the bottom of the eighth inning due to rain with the score tied at 1-1. Resumption of the delayed game will begin Saturday morning at 11 a.m., and the series finale, originally scheduled for noon Saturday, will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the earlier game.
ARKANSAS 5, GEORGIA 2 — Arkansas (23-13) was led by three home runs in the game at Fayetteville, Ark. Devon Wallace and Chloe Oprzedek each hit two-run blasts and Jayme Gee had a solo-shot in the fourth inning. Wallace finished the game 3-for-3 and also scored a run. Oprzedek finished her day 2-for-3 at the plate.
Our Lady of the Lake at Bacone (2), 11 a.m.
UCF at Tulsa, 11 a.m.
Texas Tech at OSU, 11 a.m. completion of suspended game, originally scheduled game to follow 30 minutes after completion
Southwest Baptist at NSU (2), noon
Georgia at Arkansas (2), 1 p.m.