No. 1 Rogers State softball (16-1) lit up the scoreboard in a two-game sweep on the second day of The Spring Games on Friday.
GAME 1 – RSU 24, TU 3
Offense was not in short supply in the first game with the Hillcats breaking the school record for most runs in a game as they pushed across 24 runs against the Dragons to start the day, besting the previous record of 21 runs against Arkansas-Monticello on Feb. 9, 2020.
RSU got the game started with an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Nicole Price singled to third with one out to put a runner on. Bridget Morales then moved her to second after earning a 3-1 walk. Abbey Rogers brought in Price with a single to center.
Tiffin answered back in the home half of the frame to take a 3-1 lead. The first two runs came on a two RBI double to center. The other run crossed home on an error by the pitcher with a runner on third.
Both starters settled in over the next two innings as they combined to scatter three hits and leave four runners on.
In the top of the fourth, the Hillcats dashed back out in front with six runs to go back up 7-3. Jaylan Gibson reached on an error by the shortstop to lead off the inning. Callie Yellin then earned a seven pitch at-bat to put runners at first and second. MaKayla Jackson loaded the bases with one out after reaching on an error by the second baseman. Chelsea Spain reached on a fielder’s choice, but Gibson was gunned down at the plate for the second out. Price and Lana Gass both earned full count walks to bring in a run apiece. Bridgett Morales singled to right and then reached second on a fielding error by the third baseman as Spain, Price and Gass all scored. Rogers then singled to right, plating Morales.
RSU tacked on two more runs in the fifth to push out to a 9-3 lead. Yellin led off the frame with a bunt single. Marissa Smith then doubled to center to put runners in scoring position. Spain reached on a fielder’s choice as Yellin was thrown out at home. Smith scored on a Price fielder’s choice with two outs. Gass brought in Spain with a single to center.
The wheels fell off for the Dragons in the sixth inning as the Hillcats broke the school record for most runs in an inning, putting up a 15 spot to seal the 24-3 win. In the inning, 10 different Hillcats recorded at least one RBI. RSU had nine hits, including three doubles, with six walks and had batter hit by a pitch.
Jade Sanders (5-0) earned the win working 5.0 innings with two earned runs and seven strikeouts. Courtney Hill was also great, coming out of the bullpen for the final inning without out allowing a hit striking out two batters. Claire Feldkamp (2-8) took the loss.
GAME 2 – RSU 3, SCSU 1
The second game was much more tame as both starters worked a scoreless first inning. RSU got on the board first in the second inning, taking an early 2-0 lead. Jaylan Gibson singled up the middle with one out to get things started. Marissa Smith singled to right to put runners at first and second. Paxton Donaldson then loaded the bases after earning a seven-pitch walk. Chelsea Spain brought in Gibson with sacrifice fly to left. Nicole Price scored Smith with a fielder’s choice.
The Huskies got a run back in the top of the third to cut the lead to 2-1. The run scored from third on a wild pitch.
The Hillcats tacked on another run in the fourth inning to go up 3-1. MaKayla Jackson led off the frame with a single to left, and was pinch ran for by Bobbi Leitha. Leitha later stole second with one out and advanced to third on a fly out from Smith. Donaldson brought her in with a double to right.
Over the final two and a half innings, the game devolved into a pitcher’s duel as both staffs worked to scatter four hits and leave five runners stranded.
Harley Culie (5-1) earned the win, working 4.2 innings only allowing one run with four strikeouts. Sara Llamas-Howell (1) earned the save, working the final 2.1 innings scattering two hits with five strikeouts.
RSU will close out The Spring Games tomorrow with two final games against Central Region foe Winona State and Northwood. First pitch against WSU is set for 8 a.m. CT with the game against NU set to begin at 10:30 a.m. CT.
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