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OKLAHOMA CITY —
No. 22-ranked Rogers State had its final Sooner Athletic Conference Softball Tournament trip come to a close after a pair of games in the double elimination format at ASA Hall of Fame Complex Friday.
In the first game the Hillcats were run-ruled 8-0 in by Oklahoma Baptist in six innings and in the second game of the day a five-run sixth inning gave up the Hillcat lead as RSU fell 9-5 to No. 14-ranked St. Gregory’s.
OBU jumped into an early lead with a three-run home run to left field by LeNae Sanchez giving the Bison a 3-0 advantage after two innings.
In the third the Bison added a solo run as Hannah Morris’ fly ball to right field was dropped by the Hillcats resulting in Morris reaching third on the error. Two batters later Dana Gray reached on a fielder’s choice, Kasey Maddox was forced out at second and Morris scored pushing the OBU lead to four runs.
A leadoff double by Krystal Johnson down the left field line was followed with a wild pitch moving the Bison third baseman to third. LeNae Sanchez tallied her fourth RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right scoring Johnson as the Bison led 5-0.
RSU held OBU scoreless in the fifth before a three-run sixth inning resulted in the run rule victory for the Bison.
Noelle McDowell (13-9) earned the complete game victory as she struck out five Hillcats and gave up just two hits.
Linsey Curtis (0-5) received the loss in the circle in the start for the Softball Cats. Curtis fanned three batters but allowed eight runs, seven earned, while allowing nine hits.
Rogers State led off the final game of the day playing at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium with one run in the top of the first. Jamie King reached on a pop-up error that allowed her to reach second. King moved to third on a Cailin Simpson single and scored as Simpson was cut down at second on a Candace Monigold fielder’s choice.
The St. Gregory’s Cavaliers responded with back-to-back doubles to lead off the home half. Melanie Gladden’s double scored Allison Conyers and Gladden scored from third on a two out single by Caitlin O’Hagan as SGU took the 2-1 lead.
In the third frame the Hillcats tallied a pair of runs the first coming on a single by Candace Monigold. The RBI single tied the contest and tied Monigold with Brittany White (2010) for the school record for hits in a single season at 73.
Taran Threet reached on a fielder’s choice blooper to shallow left-center field that scored Simpson from third as RSU regained the lead at 3-2.
The Hillcats added insurance runs in the fifth as senior Katrina Loy led off the inning with a pinch hit single up the middle. Toni Shurtliff re-entered at first base to run and scored on an error by the Cavs left fielder after a single by Jamie King moved Shurtliff to third. Simpson doubled to left field scoring King and the Hillcats stretched the advantage to 5-2.
Hillcat pitcher Linsey Curtis was able to force a ground out to begin the bottom of the fifth inning but a double by Whitney Anderson was followed two batters later with a two-run, home run to left field by Tara Nall as the Cavs trimmed the Cats lead to just one run.
SGU held the Hillcats scoreless in the top of the sixth before the 14th-ranked Cavaliers totaled five runs in the home half of the inning. RSU was able to load the bases in the seventh inning with just one out but back-to-back fly-outs ended the game and the SAC campaign for the Hillcats.
Jamie King and Cailin Simpson combined to go 5-for-7 at the plate with one RBI while Candace Monigold tallied a pair of RBI as she went 1-for-3 at the dish with a walk.
Devon Frazier (19-4) earned the victory for the Cavaliers as she came in relief for starter Sierra Gallego. Frazier pitched three innings in relief and allowed just two hits. Gallego allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits.
Linsey Curtis (0-6) received the loss as the Hillcat starter. The senior from Collinsville allowed nine earned runs and 14 hits.
Rogers State (34-14) will host the NAIA Softball Opening Round May 13-15 at the Diamond Sports Complex. Team assignments for the bracket will be announced May 7 by the national office.