A barrage of hits, homers and runs gave the Lady Braves a doubleheader sweep to start the season.
The Ottawa University softball team topped visiting Hastings College 10-2 (six innings) and 13-5 (five innings) Saturday at Alumni Park.
In Game 1, Ottawa put three runs on the board in the first two innings thanks to a two-RBI double by Alexa Romero, junior infielder, and an RBI double by Kori Lacey, sophomore outfielder.
Hastings fought back with two runs of its own in the third inning, but OU bounced right back with RBI’s by Jordyn Sarnecki, freshman infielder, and Lacey in the botton of the fourth.
Rebekah Clinton, senior pitcher, shut down Hastings the rest of the way, finishing with eight strikeouts versus two walks over six innings pitched. She allowed two runs on five hits.
Romero paced Ottawa’s offense, going 2-4 at the plate with five RBIs, including the team’s first home run of the season.
The Lady Brave bats continued to deliver in Game 2. After Hastings scored a run in the top of the first, OU responded with three runs in the bottom frame. Ottawa then tacked on two runs in the bottom of the third and five runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Kenzie Stevens got the scoring going with a solo homer in the bottom of the first. Ellena Cott-Laurie, junior catcher, followed that up by belting a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first to make it 3-1. In the bottom of the third, Peyton Matejka, freshman outfielder, knocked her first collegiate homer to score Cott-Laurie and extend the OU lead.
Hastings scored four runs in the top of the fifth to make it 10-5, but Ottawa fought back with three runs in the bottom frame. Lacey and Romero both picked up RBI’s and Sarnecki ended the game with a two-RBI single.
Amber Flummerfelt, sophomore pitcher, got the win after pitching four innings, allowing one run on four hits. She struck out one and walked one.
Ottawa (2-0) plays Feb. 9-10 in the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas. Its first game is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 9 against Southwestern Assemblies of God University.