RSU eliminated from conference tournament

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Rogers State Softball team was eliminated from the Heartland Conference Tournament Thursday at The Park at St. Mary’s, falling to Oklahoma Christian in the opener and Texas A&M International in the elimination game.

The Hillcats were unable to generate any offense in their tournament opener against Oklahoma Christian, falling to the Lady Eagles 6-0.

The two teams combined for just three hits over the first 3.5 innings in a tight battle early on. However, the No. 2 seeded Lady Eagles were able to capitalize on three hits and a hit batter in the bottom of the fourth to score three runs and take a lead they never relinquished.

Oklahoma Christian would add another run in the fifth inning and then scored two more runs in the sixth inning to cap the scoring.

The Hillcats were held to just two hits in the game, Jaylan Gibson’s single in the second and Mikayla Waggnor’s single in the sixth.

Andrea Morales picked up the loss, allowing four runs in five innings of work with three strikeouts.

In game two, the Hillcats took an early lead on Texas A&M International and held it until the sixth inning before falling in extra innings 3-2.

Allie McFetridge hit an RBI single in the third to break a scoreless tie, as Tailee Reding came around to score.

Rogers State would double it’s lead in the sixth inning as Abigail Taylor hit a single to left field, scoring Taylor Malett.

However, the DustDevils would answer back in the bottom of the sixth inning with a pair of singles up the middle to tie the game at two.

Both teams were held scoreless in the seventh inning and Rogers State was shut out in the eighth inning.

Texas A&M International ended the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Lindsey Smith hit a two-out, walk-off home run to center field.

The Hillcats had nine hits in the game, led by a 3-for-3 day from McFetridge. Sierra Skaggs and Taylor had two hits each.

However, the Hillcats stranded eight on base, including the bases loaded in the second. RSU also stranded a runner in the seventh and eighth.

With the loss, Rogers State’s Heartland Conference 2018 title defense and season comes to a close in the Heartland Conference Tournament, finishing at 33-23.