Wednesday, October 01, 2014

OU softball bats crack out the hits

By The Herald Staff | 4/21/2014

WINFIELD — The Ottawa University softball team had its offense in high gear Saturday in Winfield. The Lady Braves scored 22 runs and cracked 17 hits in a sweep of Southwestern in Winfield.

Ottawa won 11-1 in five innings and 11-3. The Lady Braves had 13 hits in the opener and 14 in the nightcap.

WINFIELD — The Ottawa University softball team had its offense in high gear Saturday in Winfield. The Lady Braves scored 22 runs and cracked 17 hits in a sweep of Southwestern in Winfield.

Ottawa won 11-1 in five innings and 11-3. The Lady Braves had 13 hits in the opener and 14 in the nightcap.

Ottawa scored four runs in the first inning of the opener. Elisa Valenzuela hit a three-run home run.

Ottawa scored two in the second inning and five in the fourth for a run-rule victory.

Mikayla Oliphant had three hits, four RBIs and scored three runs. Alyssa Miller, Lydia Budke and Gabby Markham had two hits each.

Markham won her 12th game. She had eight strikeouts in five innings.

The Lady Braves scored runs in several innings of the nightcap.

Ottawa scored three runs in the third inning. Ottawa scored a run in the fifth and sixth frames to lead 5-3.

Ottawa erupted for six runs in the seventh inning. Savannah Taylor hit her eighth home run of the season in the inning.

Valenzuela was 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Markham had three hits with an RBI and two runs scored.

Miller and Taylor had two hits each. Markham picked up victory No. 13. She had two strikeouts in three innings.

Ottawa and Kansas Wesleyan remained tied for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference lead at 13-3.

Ottawa plays 3 p.m. today at home against Bethany.

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