GOODWELL, Okla. (April 8, 2016) – Lubbock Christian University softball was victorious 9-2 and 22-1 over Oklahoma Panhandle State Friday at the OPSU Softball Field in Goodwell, Okla., with LCU getting 21 runs-batted-in off 24 hits in game two, both game-high records for the Lady Chaps.
Liz Torres got the scoring started in the top of the third inning when she singled down the right field line to scoreLindzi Clemmer and Addison Ard and put LCU (36-9, 13-4) up 2-0. OPSU (16-24, 5-12) pitcher Samantha Arledge had a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game up 2-2. The Lady Chaps would bounce back in the fifth when Ashton Bellled off with an infield single followed by Morgan Colburn's 19th home run of the season. Sammie Murrietta hit a sacrifice fly to right field which the right fielder dropped scoring Molly Davison. Sydney Beuthien singled to drive in pinch runner Baylee Goolsby putting Lubbock Christian up 6-2 after five innings played. LCU would score an additional three runs in the seventh two of which came off the bat of Beuthien scoring Murrietta and pinch runner, Jenny Rigney. Bell and Beuthien each finished the game 3-for-4 while Colburn also had a multi-hit game.
IN THE CIRCLE
Katera Eltsosie (18-4) got the start for LCU and pitched the entire game surrendering only two runs off four hits striking out four to pick up her 18th win of the year. Arledge (6-7) got the start for the Aggies and went the distance suffering her seventh loss of the season allowing nine runs on 12 hits while striking out seven Lady Chaps.
Game two saw the Lady Chaps break two game-high records. LCU scored 22 runs off 24 hits with 21 of those runs being driven-in. The previous record for most hits was 21 versus College of St. Mary's on March 14, 2012. The previous record for most runs-batted-in for one game was 18 versus Kansas Wesleyan on February 21, 2009. All 19 Lady Chaps suited up for the game participated in the contest. LCU scored one run in the first inning when Clemmer led off the game with a home run over the left field fence. In the second the Lady Chaps added a run off the bat of Beuthien bringing Torres home. LCU would score 13 runs in the third inning sending 17 batters to the plate. In the inning Eltsosie had two three-run home runs and Haley Hardison had a pinch hit single up the middle. The Lady Chaps plated three more runs in the fourth inning including runs driven in by Roxy Curiel who relieved Torres behind the plate. Lubbock Christian would score their final four runs in the fifth with Shelby Welchsingling to right field, Sondra Samaniego singling to left field to score Welch, and a three run home run by Colburn for her 20th of the year. Davison went a perfect 4-for-4 and Eltsosie 3-for-3. Clemmer finished the game with three hits and Bell, Torres, Curiel and Murrietta all finished with two hit each in the contest.
Game two starter for LCU was Katlyn Holmes (16-3) who pitched the first three and two-thirds innings allowing only one run off of one hit striking out two Aggies to notch her 16th victory this season.Savanna Luke came in to relieve Holems throwing two-thirds of an inning not allowing any runs off two hits. Abbi White closed out the game for LCU throwing the last two-thirds of an inning facing the minimum. For the Aggies Janna Ruether (0-5) got the start and went two and two-thirds innings allowing 15 runs on 14 hits suffering her fifth loss of the year. Criselda Luna came in to pitch the final two and one-third innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits.
The two teams will face-off again tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m. at the OPSU Softball Field. Go to www.lcuchaps.com to catch the action.