PERU, Nebraska — Ottawa bats mashed 26 total hits across 13 frames in Thursday’s doubleheader.
Peru State was no match for the Ottawa University softball team, which swept both road games 9-0 and 11-7.
In Game 1, the Lady Braves scored six of their nine runs in the top of the sixth — spearheaded by a three-run bomb by Peyton Matejka, freshman outfielder. Rebekah Clinton, senior pitcher, got the win, tossing five shutout innings. She struck out 10 of the 16 batters she faced, walked none and allowed just two hits.
In Game 2, OU built a 6-1 lead thanks to homeruns by Alexa Romero, junior second baseman, and Matejka. Peru State came roaring back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring six runs on seven hits to take a 7-6 lead. After allowing one run over the first four frames, Amanda Flummerfelt, sophomore pitcher, left with the bases loaded in the fifth. Shelby Harvey, junior pitcher, struggled, allowing Flummerfelt’s inherited runners to score without recording an out. Clinton came in relief with the bases loaded, allowing two inherited runners to score and another run charged to her. She pitched the final two frames, allowing zero runs and four baserunners. She struck out four and walked zero.
Ottawa’s offense came to life in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs on four hits to put the team back in front for good. The hitting frenzy was capped off with a two-run homer from Aryn Smith, junior designated player.
Matejka finished the doubleheader going 3-7 at the plate with five RBIs and five runs scored. Smith was 3-6 with four RBIs and three runs.
The No. 19-ranked Lady Braves (16-6) play starting 1 p.m. today in their first home games since Feb. 27. They play a doubleheader against Midland University, marking the final non-conference games before Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play begins.