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March 3, 2010

Curtis smashes 8th home run, RSU sweeps Oklahoma Baptist

CLAREMORE — Linsey Curtis has quickly become a force to reckon with at Hillcat Complex.

Thirteen games into the season, the Rogers State freshman designated player from Collinsville already has eight home runs, including a grand slam Sunday in a non-conference win against Grand View University.

On Tuesday, in the Sooner Athletic Conference opener, Curtis overcame an 0-for-4 performance in Game 1 against Oklahoma Baptist to go 2-for-4 in the nightcap at Hillcat Complex.

Curtis had her 11-game hitting streak snapped, despite Rogers State enjoying an 11-6 victory over the Lady Bison in the Sooner Athletic Conference opener.

In Game 2, though, Curtis dominated and regained her confidence at the plate.

She produced an RBI single in the bottom half of the third inning and then broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth with a 3-run homer as RSU completed the sweep with a 9-2 win.

According to the RSU softball media guide, Curtis is on pace to shattering the single-season home run record - 14 - held by 2009 standout Jenny Johnson, who is now a student assistant coach for the RSU softball program.

Game 1

RSU’s offense scored 11 runs on 10 hits and pitcher Tye Coats improved to 5-3 on the season following a complete game performance against the Lady Bison.

The top three hitters in the RSU lineup - Ashlie Fauchier, Taryn Hernandez and Sarah Harvey - had six singles and scored seven runs through the first three innings.

Hernandez led the Hillcats at the plate, going 3-for-3 with four runs scored, while Harvey was 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI.

Coats (5-3) allowed six runs on nine hits to earn the win.

Game 2

The Hillcats led 6-0 after three innings and never looked back, en route to pulling out the broomsticks for the 9-2 victory.

RSU scored six runs on five hits with one error in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by Coats’ 2-run double to right-center field. Hernandez, Curtis, Dina Ortiz and Brittany White also had singles in the inning.

OBU rallied in the top of the fourth inning with two runs, but it didn’t take long for the Hillcats to answer.

After Hernandez opened with a stand-up double to center field and Harvey reached on the single to right field, Curtis crushed Amanda Hanner’s 3-1 fastball over the right-center field wall to put RSU ahead, 9-2.

Coats, once again, earned her sixth victory after pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Hanner suffered the loss for OBU, giving up nine runs on 14 hits in five innings.

With the two wins, RSU improves to 10-3 on the year and 2-0 in the conference. OBU drops to 5-5 overall and 0-2 in the SAC.

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