WICHITA — The Lady Braves came out of their weekend tournament with a winning record.
In five games over two days, the Ottawa University softball team went 3-2 at the Friends Tournament in Wichita. The team ousted Southwestern Christian University, Mount Mercy University and Northwestern College. Its losses came at the hands of No. 1 Oklahoma City University and Baker University.
Ottawa scored 18 unanswered runs against Southwestern Christian after falling behind 5-0 in the first one-and-a-half innings. Tomi-Lyn Hickman, freshman shortstop, belted a three-run homerun in the bottom of the third. She finished 4-4 at the plate with four RBIs and three runs in the 18-5 win.
Against Mount Mercy, OU put together another rally, this time in the top of the sixth inning. Ottawa scored three runs on four hits and one error by the Lady Mustangs. Ellena Cott-Laurie, junior catcher, hit a one-out single up the middle to score Kori Lacey, sophomore outfielder, from third to make it 2-1 Mustangs. Sydney Lehr, senior outfielder, hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Hickman from third to tie the game. Katy Blanchard, sophomore first baseman, hit a two-out RBI single that scored Jessica Rymer, junior catcher - pinch running for Cott-Laurie, to give OU the 3-2 lead.
Ottawa’s pitching did not allow a Lady Mustang to reach base in the final two frames. Rebekah Clinton, senior pitcher, got the save, tossing a spotless bottom of the seventh. Jordyn Sage, sophomore pitcher, picked up the win, throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Pitching dominated Saturday’s late game against Northwestern College. Clinton tossed a seven-inning shutout in the 4-0 win. She finished with nine strikeouts versus one walk and allowed five hits. Lacey led the Lady Brave offense with two RBIs on one hit.
Against Baker, OU pushed two runs across with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t complete a rally. The Lady Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the sixth to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Shelby Harvey, junior pitcher, pinch-hit an RBI single to score Rymer in the seventh. Alexa Romero, junior second baseman, followed that up with an RBI single to score Aryn Smith, junior third baseman, in the next at-bat. Harvey was called out at second on the play, ending the game with a 6-3 Baker win.
OU’s only other loss came at the hand of the top NAIA team in the nation. Oklahoma City University won Saturday 15-0. OCU’s Georgia Wall pitched a five-inning no-hitter.
The No. 13-ranked OU softball team (12-3) plays five games through Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Georgia. The team’s first game is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday against the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.