Monday, December 22, 2014

Ottawa softball drops 2 to SBU

By The Herald Staff | 3/24/2014

BOLIVER, Mo. — The Ottawa University softball team fell to NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist University Saturday 3-2 and 11-3 in Boliver, Mo.

The Lady Braves broke the team school record for home runs in a single season with No. 20 and 21. Both were hit by sophomore Lydia Budke. The old record was 20 set in 2006.

BOLIVER, Mo. — The Ottawa University softball team fell to NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist University Saturday 3-2 and 11-3 in Boliver, Mo.

The Lady Braves broke the team school record for home runs in a single season with No. 20 and 21. Both were hit by sophomore Lydia Budke. The old record was 20 set in 2006.

In the opener, the Bearcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Lady Braves in the bottom of the first inning.

In the top of the third, Ottawa cut into the deficit. Jenna Stigge was hit by a pitch to put a runner on for the Lady Braves. Budke then connected on her third home run of the season to make it 3-2.

Neither team scored in the final four innings of play.

Budke went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Gabby Markham pitched six innings in the loss with eight strikeouts.

In game two, Southern Baptist took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning. The Bearcats scored three runs in the second to increase the lead to 4-0.

After a scoreless third inning, the Lady Braves cut into the deficit in the top of the fourth. Budke hit her second home run of the day to make it 4-1.

Mikayla Oliphant reach-ed base on a SBU miscue and then moved to third on a single by Elsa Valenzuela. Oliphant then scored on a ground out to first by Catherine Wallace. Ottawa trailed 4-2.

Southwest Baptist responded with five runs in the bottom half of the fourth, increasing its lead to 9-2.

In the top of the fifth, the Lady Braves scored one run on an RBI double by Budke, 9-3.

Budke had two hits, finishing with two RBIs and a run scored.

The Lady Braves (10-13) open the conference schedule 1 p.m. today at Sterling College.

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