Claremore Daily Progress

March 22, 2013

SOFTBALL: No. 4 RSU splits doubleheader with No. 21 Mobile (Ala.)

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MOBILE, Ala. — The No. 4 Rogers State softball team split a doubleheader with No. 21 Mobile (Ala.) on Thursday evening.



The Hillcats pushed its win streak to a program-best 30 victories before falling to the Rams in the nightcap. RSU clipped the Rams 9-7 in extra innings in the opener but gave up the first loss of the season, 9-1, in the six innings.



GAME ONE



The Hillcats dented the scoreboard first as they took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Katie Ellington got things started for the RSU offense as she drew a two-out, full count walk. Desiree Ayarzagoitia followed with a double ripped down the right field line all the way to the wall, allowing Ellington to score. Ayarzagoitia stole third base and Toni Shurtliff followed with a walk to put runners on the corners. Shurtliff stole second during the next at bat and catcher Emily Vickery threw the ball into the outfield trying to catch her stealing, allowing Ayarzagoitia to score.



RSU held the Rams scoreless until the sixth inning as Mobile battled its way back in to the game with a pair of runs on three hits. Alexa Da Rosa and Jordan Coleman each tallied a RBI double to knot the score. Neither team was able to plate the game-winning run in the seventh, sending the game into extra innings.



In the top of the eighth the Hillcats quickly loaded the bases. With one out, Katrina Loy was hit by a pitch to bring the go-ahead run in to score. Ayarzagoitia kept the offense going with a RBI single to shallow centerfield. Shurtliff drew a walk to bring a run in and Ashlie Fauchier followed with a RBI single to shallow left field. Jamie King belted a two RBI double down the left field line and Cailin Simpson rounded out the scoring with a sacrifice fly.



Despite trailing 9-2 going into the bottom of the eighth, the Rams battled, tallying five runs on five hits with the help of one RSU error in the inning. With the tying run at the plate, RSU pitcher Laura Fleck was able to get the strikeout to secure the win.



Fleck tossed the complete game, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 13 hits with one walk and five strikeouts.



GAME TWO



The Hillcats grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a RBI groundout by Taran Threet. The lead was short–lived as the Hillcats gave up the equalizer on an error in the bottom half of the inning.



The Rams used a big second inning to their advantage. Mobile plated seven runs on eight hits in the innings to take an 8-1 lead.



Despite holding the Rams scoreless over the next three innings, the Hillcats couldn’t get anything going on offense. The Hillcats left six runners stranded in the game, including leaving the bases loaded in the sixth frame.



RSU was one out away from avoiding the run-rule in the bottom of the sixth. With bases loaded and one out, Allie Luster popped out to the infield to give RSU two outs. Vickery singled up the middle, Taran Threet fielded the ball but was unable to touch second base in time and a run scored to end the game early.



Fleck (21-1) suffered her first loss of the season. The southpaw tossed 5.2 innings and allowed nine runs, eight earned, while issuing one walk.



Rogers State (30-1) returns to action at the Diamond Sports Complex on Tuesday evening with a doubleheader against Oklahoma Wesleyan. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. The games will be streamed live on the Hillcat Network at www.rsuhillcats.com.