Central Oklahoma senior shortstop Hannah Justus took matters into her own hands Tuesday night and led the defending national champion Lady Bronchos to a clean sweep over Rogers State University.
Justus, of Catoosa, swatted a pair of homers in Game 1 of a doubleheader that accounted for seven RBIs as UCO defeated RSU, 10-0 at Edmond North High School.
Justus went 2-for-2 at the plate, while adding a 3-run homer in the bottom of the second inning and a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning.
The two victories over RSU improved UCO to 19-7 on the season. Also, UCO stretched its winning streak to 11-straight and 33 in a row at home.
RSU dropped to 4-20 on the season.
Coming out in Game 1, UCO tallied all 10 runs in the first three innings off RSU starting pitcher Brooklyne Harbert.
UCO led 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning after Brooke Zukerman plated Devyn Frazier, and Emily Ditmore’s RBI-double to right-center drove in Ally Dziadula.
In the circle, UCO pitcher Kalynn Schrock no-hit RSU and finished with 10 strikeouts.
UCO rode the hot bat of Justus in the second and third innings for seven of their final eight runs of the game.
In the bottom half of the second, Justus powered Harbert’s fastball over the left-field fence for a 3-run homer that put UCO up 5-0.
Dziadula also contributed with an RBI-single down the left field line that scored Kaylee Brunson to extend the UCO lead to 6-0.
Then, in the bottom of the third inning, Justus blasted a grand slam that gave UCO a comfortable 10-0 lead.
UCO’s offense tallied 10 runs on 12 hits off RSU’s Harbert.
In the second game, RSU couldn’t muster any runs off UCO’s Nicole Brady, and the Lady Bronchos notched a 7-0 win.
RSU did, however, produce five hits off Brady, including two each by Candace Monigold and Yolanda Rios.
Cailin Simpson also contributed with RSU’s other base hit.
Dziadula powered the UCO offensive attack with a 3-for-4 outing, and Brunson finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
UCO scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth and added its final run in the fifth to secure the series sweep.