CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State Softball picked up a split against Oklahoma Christian to close out the regular season on Saturday. After falling 10-0 in game one, the Hillcats won 3-1 in game two.
With the win, the Hillcats clinched the No. 3 seed in next week's Heartland Conference tournament and consequently cost Oklahoma Christian the regular season championship and hosting responsibilities for the tournament.
Rogers State will face Oklahoma Christian in the first round of the Heartland Conference Tournament, hosted by St. Mary's in San Antonio.
Oklahoma Christian took the lead in the top of the first inning with an RBI double and the Hillcats were unable to recover. The visitors would add a run in the third to go ahead 2-0.
The game would remain at 2-0 until the sixth inning when the Eagles plated three runs.
Bailey Killough would come in to pitch in the seventh for the Hillcats, but allowed five runs in relief, before starter Tailee Reding went back to the circle to close the game.
Six different Hillcats had a hit in the game, but Rogers State had no multi-hit performances and had no walks drawn in the game.
In game two, the Hillcats strung together three hits and a walk to score three runs in the fourth inning and take the lead.
Jaylan Gibson's double down the right-field line scored Danelle Day for the opening run. Abigail Taylor then singled up the middle to score Faren Walker. Gibson scored the final run on a Rylee DeLozier sacrifice fly.
Oklahoma Christian would add one run in the sixth, but Andrea Morales was nearly lights out the rest of the way, limiting the visitors to just five hits and a walk with six strikeouts, including two in the seventh inning to close out the game.
The Hillcats will await the official bracket with seeding and game times, but are preliminarily set to play Oklahoma Christian on Thursday in San Antonio.