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The No. 18-ranked Rogers State softball team swept a Sooner Athletic Conference doubleheader over Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday afternoon at the Diamond Sports Complex.
The Hillcats plated a run in five of the six innings to register a 5-2 victory in the opener. In the nightcap, RSU banged out 12 hits and clawed its way to a 13-8 victory.
RSU dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. With two outs, Candace Monigold drew a walk to keep the inning going and stole second base. The Broken Arrow, Okla. native scored on a RBI single down the right field line by Shona Guerrero.
OBU knotted the score in the top of the second with some help from the Hillcat defense. Noelle McDowell started the rally with a one-out single. With two outs, Shalee Cordell hit a single to right field but right fielder Jamie King missed played the ball, allowing McDowell to score from first base.
The Hillcats regained the lead in the bottom of the inning as Cailin Simpson singled off the wall in left-center field and stole second. Simpson stole third and advanced home on a throwing error by the catcher who tried to catch her stealing. RSU added to its lead in the third with a RBI single by Taran Threet.
Simpson drew a walk in the fourth and scored on a two-out single by Jamie King to push the Hillcat lead to 4-1. After a scoreless fifth, Threet lead off the sixth with a first-pitch home run smashed over the left field fence.
In the top of the seventh, Amanda Harmon kept the Lady Bison alive with a two-out single. OBU strung together two more singles to send Harmon home but RSU pitcher Laura Fleck forced the next batter to ground out to end the inning.
Fleck registered the complete-game win as she allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts. Simpson went 2-for-2 with two runs scored while Guerrero went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored to pace the Cats.
The nightcap turned into a slugfest as the teams traded blows from start to finish with the Hillcats coming out on top.
OBU opened the game with a 1-0 lead as Hannah Morris belted a two-out home run over the center field fence.
RSU answered in the bottom of the inning with five runs. King drew a walk to start the inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch. With runners on first and third, Threet laid down a squeeze bunt for a base hit to send Monigold home after hitting a single earlier in the inning. Desiree Ayarzagoitia hit a bases loaded two RBI double to deep right-center field. King drew a bases loaded walk to send the final run of the inning in to score.
RSU made it a 6-1 game in the bottom of the second with a RBI double by Jackie Flores. The five-run lead was short-lived as the Lady Bison chipped away at the deficit with a two-out grand slam by Kasey Maddox.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, King reached first on a dropped pop fly by the catcher and scored on a double to deep center field by Simpson.
OBU knotted the score 7-7 in the fourth with a two-run home run by Cordell. The Hillcats regained the lead in the fifth with a two RBI single to left field by Guerrero. Erin McLeod cut the RSU lead to one run in the sixth with a solo home run blasted over the center field fence.
RSU tallied two quick outs in the bottom of the sixth before Toni Shurtliff ignited a two-out rally with a single to left-center field. Ashlie Fauchier drew a walk and King followed with a two RBI double off the wall in left field. Simpson and Monigold tallied consecutive RBI singles to give the Cats a 13-8 lead going into the seventh.
Fleck (27-9) faced the minimum in the seventh to seal the win. The Muskogee, Okla. native tossed the complete-game win as she allowed eight runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.
King led the Cats at the plate as she went 2-for-3 with three RBI and four runs scored. Simpson and Monigold each tallied two hits apiece.
Rogers State (38-9, 11-7) will return to the diamond on Thursday as the Cats travel to Shawnee, Okla. to round out the four-game series with the Lady Bison. The twin bill is slated to start at 5 p.m.