Bartlesville, OK — Oklahoma Wesleyan Softball picked up a split with conference foe and nationally ranked Central Baptist Conference tonight at the Eagles Softball Field.
In the first game, OKWU took the #6 Mustangs 12 innings before winning 4-3 on a walk off by Courtney Gililland that went through the legs of first baseman Miranda Manchester to plate Brittany Stevenot.
Stevenot had reached based on a single to left field and was moved to third on a double by Jessica Farris. With two outs, Gililland was able to put the ball in play, forcing the error which lead to the victory.
Jenna Daniel took the victory for the Eagles in relief for starter Courtney Carson and relief pitcher Katie Kelley. Between the three pitchers, they were able to spread out 6 hits and strand 10 runners. Mustangs got on the board first with a solo-homerun by Samantha Luther in the third.
OKWU answered in the fourth when Stevenot scored on a passed ball. IN the fifth, Katie Kelley came in and gave up 2 runs on 1 hit and 1 OKWU error. Then, in the sixth, OKWU again showed their resiliency by scoring two runs with two outs. Gililland started it with a walk, followed by an RBI single by Candace Perkins. Perkins scored a batter later on an RBI single by Miranda Kiser. On the game, OKWU had 7 hits and left 12 runners on base.
In the nightcap, Central Baptist came out firing as they scored 6 runs all off of homeruns. A two run shot Christen Kirchner was followed shortly after by a grand slam by Manchester. The Eagles ate at the deficit, scoring single runs in the 1st from an RBI double by Leanne Salas and in the second off another Mustang error plating Farris. CBC would later add single runs in the 3rd and 5th.
With the score 8-3, the Eagles made one last attempt at a comeback. With runners on first and second, Macy Wright hit a double scoring Candace Perkins but Allison Edwards was thrown out at the plate, making the final score 8-4. Kim Billie took the lost in the circle, allowing 8 earned runs in 4 innings of work.
OKWU moves to 11-8 on the year and 1-1 in MCAC play. The Eagles take the field again tomorrow against Southwestern Christian at home. Games start at 2 and 4.