The Ottawa University softball team needs two wins today at home in the regular-season finale over Sterling to tie Tabor for fourth in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Ottawa and Tabor split a doubleheader Thursday in Hillsboro. Ottawa lost 4-2 in the opener and won the nightcap, 4-0.
The Lady Braves (22-13, 9-7) were coming off a split Wednesday with McPherson in Ottawa.
The Lady Braves lost 6-4 in the first game and won the second, 13-3.
Tabor scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a scoreless tie in Thursday’s first game. Ottawa scored two in the sixth inning.
Amanda Martinsen doubled down the right field line in front of Lydia Budke’s two-run home run. It was her third home run of the season. Ottawa had seven hits in the game.
Budke had two hits. Senior Hallie Ray pitched in six innings.
The second game saw Ottawa snap a scoreless tie with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Budke had a two-run single in the inning.
Becca Dunlop and Budke had two hits each. Morgan Shramek picked up her 11th win of the season.
McPherson controlled the opener from the start. The visitors had a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
Alyssa Miller’s RBI double in the second drew Ottawa within 3-1.
Ottawa scored two in the third to tie it at 3-3. McPherson scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth for a 6-3 lead.
Senior Amanda Martinsen’s double scored Dunlop, who went 3-for-3 to spearhead Ottawa’s 11-hit attack.
Martinsen, Budke, and Catherine Wallace had two hits apiece.
Gabby Markham pitched five innings.
Ottawa took control the nightcap right from the start. Dunlop tripled and Martinsen singled to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Lady Braves scored three in the bottom of the second for a 4-0 lead.
Ottawa scored six in the third and three in the fourth to open a 13-1 lead.
Dunlop went 3-for-3 with three RBI and scored twice. Miller also went 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Shramek went four innings in the victory.