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Softball team picks up three wins in Texas tournament

Friday, February 29, 2008  
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By Tracy Washam

Oklahoma Christian University's softball team moved to 5-2 on the season with three wins and two losses at the Cowtown Classic in Ft. Worth, Texas last weekend.

Oklahoma Christian outscored its opponents 27-12 on Friday leading to a 2-1 record.

The Lady Eagles had a five-run seventh inning to beat Northwood (Texas) in day one's first game.

Behind 5-4 in the inning, junior transfer Christin Dobbs started the comeback with a walk. Tracy Washam and Amy Urbanovsky reached to load the bases. Then Rachel Smith roped a single to left field to make the score at 5-5.

Then with two outs in the innings, senior Sandra Darmstadt broke the game open with a grand slam over the left-centerfield fence.

"Getting the grand slam was awesome," Darmstadt said. "But I was happier about getting the win."

Darmstadt's hit made it 9-5 and freshman pitcher, Caitlin Matthies, retired Northwood in order in the home half to secure the victory. Matthies pitched 4.2 innings of relief to earn the win, while allowing just one run on two hits.

Sophomore catcher, Amy Urbanovsky was 4-for-4 in the game with two RBI's and a run scored.

Oklahoma Christian won their second game 15-4 with 16 hits. Natalie Pyle and Linzi Farris' combined their pitching for the win. Pyle struck out three batters and allowed two runs in 4.2 innings to take the win.

"For the most part I was happy with our pitchers," head coach Tom Heath said. "We defiantly have room for improvement though."

The Lady Eagles got on the board in the first inning and went up 3-0 on Allissa Hejl's two-run double. The game stayed close until the Lady Eagles closed the door with seven hits in the seventh inning.

Dobbs, Washam, Hejl, Darmstadt and Tiffany Sherman all had multi-hit efforts in the win. Sherman was 3-for-3 with three RBI's, while Hejl and Darmstadt drove in three runs a piece.

Oklahoma Christian finally fell in a 3-2 loss against Houston Victoria in the day's final game.

Trailing 2-0 in the top of the third inning, Dobbs came home from third when Houston Victoria's catcher attempted to catch Deidre Chatigny stealing second base. Chatigny scored to tie the game at 2-2 when Washam's ground ball hit was misplayed by the short stop.

However, the Cougars came back in the fourth to regain a 3-2 lead and handed the Lady Eagles their first loss of 2008.

"We played tough the whole game," Dobbs said. "We just couldn't pull it out in the end, but I was happy with our effort."

Dobbs was 2-for-3 in game three with a run scored. Sophia Johnson was handed the loss after a four-inning, six-hit effort.

Oklahoma Christian started Saturday off right with a 9-1 thumping of College of the South West.

The Lady Eagles scored in every inning but the first in a 13-hit effort.

A four-run fourth inning put the game in hand. Darmstadt doubled with one out, and then was singled home by Courtney Gunderson. Dobbs then scored Gunderson with another double. Dobbs reached home when Chatigny singled to make it 5-1.

After another run in the fifth on a Hejl homer, Johnson picked up the win, going six innings and allowing just one run on four hits.

Dobbs was 3-for-4 with four RBI's in the win. Darmstadt was 2-for-3.

In the Eagles next game, they dropped a lopsided 13-1 loss to conference member University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Smith RBI single, but the lady drovers scored seven-runs in the third inning winning the game easily.

"We played some really great games this weekend, and had only one less than impressive game," Heath said. "We still have lots to work on, but I'm proud of our girls."
The Lady Eagles will participate in the Lubbock Christian University Tournament this weekend. 

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