The Lady Braves won their second and third straight games Tuesday.
After having two games cancelled and two others postponed due to weather last week, the No. 13-ranked Ottawa University softball team swept visiting Park University in a doubleheader, 8-0 and 4-3. It was the first game action OU had in 10 days, and the season opener for the Lady Pirates.
Ottawa scored all eight runs, six earned, of Game 1 in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Kenzie Stevens, senior outfielder, had the big hit, driving in Alexa Romero, junior second baseman, and Sierra Rettele, sophomore third baseman, on a single to right in her second time up in the half-inning. The Lady Braves chased Park starting pitcher Shelby Bendure after 2/3 of an inning. Bendure allowed eight runs, six earned, on four hits, walked five of the eight batters she faced and struck out two.
The combination of Rebekah Clinton, senior pitcher, Jordyn Sage, sophomore pitcher, and Morgan Price, freshman pitcher, tossed a five-inning shut out with Clinton picking up the win. The trio combined for four strikeouts versus one walked batter, and allowed four hits across 19 batters faced.
Stevens and Romero were in on the winning score in Game 2. Ottawa took a 3-0 lead after three innings, but Park scored twice in the top of the fifth and once to tie the game in the top of the seventh.
Stevens reached on an infield single to lead off the bottom of the seventh, and then stole second. The Lady Braves were down to their last out after strikeouts by Aryn Smith, junior designated player, and Ellena Cott-Laurie, junior catcher. In the next at bat, following a steal of third base by Stevens, Romero hit a pop up that was dropped by Park first baseman Katie Carr, allowing Stevens to score the walk-off. It was Romero’s second RBI of the game.
Clinton got the win again, pitching all seven innings. She gave up three earned runs on six hits while striking out six versus walking one.
Ottawa (9-1) plays Friday and Saturday in the Friends Tournament in Wichita. Its first game starts 2 p.m. Friday against Baker University. The second game is set for 6 p.m. Friday against Southwestern Christian University.