McPherson, Kan. — The OKWU Lady Eagles softball team, behind the stellar pitching of sophomore Jenna Daniel, picked up three wins at the first MCAC Crossover tournament held in McPherson, KS.
They improve their record to 17-17, 8-2 in conference. OKWu picked up wins against Bellevue (3-2), York (16-4), and Waldorf (7-0) while they fell to College of St. Mary (10-5).
The first game pegged OKWU against Bellevue University. Daniel allowed just 2 hits, one earned run, and struck out 6. OKWU got on the board first with an RBI single by senior Macy Wright who scored Leanne Salas who reached by walk in the second inning.
Allison Edwards smashed a solo homerun in the fourth to put them up 2-0. In the bottom of the 6th, however, Bellevue answered back. After a runner reached by error and the next reached on a single, Katy Shupe ripped a single up the middle to plate too more runners, despite a close play at the plate. Daniel was able to get the next two out to head into the 7th inning.
In the 7th, Macy Wright again reached base but this time on a double to right field. After back to back strike outs, Courtney Gililland came through with two outs, plating Wright with a single up the middle which proved to be the game winner. The final score was 3-2. This is the first time in school history that OKWU has beaten Bellevue.
The night cap faced OKWU against College of St. Mary. The Lady Eagles got on the board first leading 3-0 going into the fifth, but that’s when the tables turned. St. Mary’s scored 10 runs on 5 hits, 2 errors, and 2 walks before the Lady Eagles were able to record an out.
Selena Lopez took the lost dropping her record of 7-9 on the year. Daniel came in relief giving up just one hit via the homerun. Mariah Shepherd, Wright, and Edwards each recorded two hits in the game.
On the second day of the MCAC Crossover, OKWU began by routing York 16-4 by rattling off 14 hits including a Grand Slam by Salas immediately followed by a solo homerun by Edwards. Everyone in the starting lineup scored a run and recorded at least one hit. Lopez picked up the win throwing 7 innings scattering 9 hits and 7 strikeouts.
The final matchup came against Waldorf who entered the game with a record of 25-1. The Lady Eagles got on the board in the third scoring two off a Wright single. They added two more when Edwards singled in Miranda Kiser who reached by walk and Jessica Farris hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Christie Bell who also reached by a walk.
Salas followed in the 6th tacking on two more with her second homerun of the day. Pinch hitter Caitlin day lead off the 7th with a single and Gililland who reentered to run later scored on a passed ball. Daniel picked up her 10th win of the year with the 7-0 shutout, striking out 11 and giving up just 2 hits.
The Lady Eagles are at home all this week, taking on Ecclesia Wednesday at 3 and 5, Central Baptist Friday at 3 and 5, and Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday at 1 and 3.