FORT WORTH, TX—The McPherson College softball team picked up two more non-conference wins on Sunday, defeating Our Lady of the Lake 2-1, then taking care of Langston University 13-5 in six innings.
In the opening game on Sunday, the Bulldogs got locked into a pitchers duel. The Bulldogs sent Christie Betker to the circle, while the OLLU Saints sent their No.1, Ciera Martinez. Betker went seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Martinez was stellar in the circle as well, giving up two runs, only one of them earned, on four hits in six innings of work.
Betker gave up her only run in the top of the first inning. From there she settled down and held the Saints scoreless the rest of the way. The Bulldog offense was stymied for the first five innings of play. They had four total hits in the game, and half of them came in the sixth inning when they scored their two runs. The four Bulldog hits were all singles from four different players, including Jessica Jones, Jenna Christensen, Katy Wilson and Chelsea Conrad.
In game two on Sunday, the Bulldogs took on Langston University, the newest member of the Sooner Athletic Conference. Against the Lions, the Bulldog bats came alive, to the tune of 21 hits. They scored 13 runs off of those 21 hits, leading to the game being called in the sixth inning due to the run rule.
Sydney Lang got the start in the circle for the Bulldogs against the Lions. She worked the first five innings, giving up five runs, two of them earned, on six hits. Coach Segovia and the Bulldogs went to the bullpen in the sixth inning, giving the ball to Brittany Baroni to finish things off. Baroni worked the final inning keeping the Lions off the scoreboard, and striking out two of the three batters she faced.
At the plate, the Bulldogs were dialed in, belting out 21 hits, including eight that went for extra bases. Eight Bulldogs recorded multiple hits against the Lions, led by Christensn, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a homer un. She also scored two runs, and drove in five others. Kylecia Taylor and Jones also saw the ball well at the dish. Both were 3-for-5, with Taylor hitting a solo home run, and Jones scoring three runs and driving in another.
The Lions got on the board first in one in the first inning. The Bulldogs were held scoreless in the first, but scored in every inning after that. They took the lead, 7-1, with three in the second, one in the third and three more in the fourth. The Lions made things interesting in the their half of the fifth putting up four and cutting the Bulldog lead to 7-5, but the Bulldogs responded with three runs in their next at bat to extend the lead back out to a comfortable 10-5 margin. They added three more in the sixth to lead 13-5, ending the game via the run rule, which is eight runs after five innings.