Sunday, February 27, 2011

RSU Softball Open Season with Sweeps

Softball season is just getting underway and the Rogers State Hillcats are taking care of business early. RSU women swept Bacone College in its season opener double header.

After getting settled in their first game of the season, the Hillcats’ offense exploded taking down Bacone 9-6 in game one and 6-2 in game two.

“To get out there against an opponent was refreshing, so they were very anxious,” said head coach Mark Dicus.

In game one, senior Logan Zamora blasted the first home run of the season in the fourth inning. The Sun City, Cal. native belted the solo shot over the left field fence to give the Cats a 6-2 lead.

Bacone would come back to tie the game in the sixth but RSU sealed the game with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore Ashlie Fauchier and Zamora led the Cats with three hits apiece while senior Sarah Harvey chipped in two hits.

In their second win over Bacone, the Cats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as senior Brittany White scored off a sacrifice fly to right field by Harvey.

RSU added to the lead in the third, scoring three runs. Fauchier led off with a triple to left field and scored off a double by sophomore Amanda Edwards. Sophomore Shelby Brogdon entered the game as a pinch hitter and singled to right field to plate sophomore Linsey Curtis.

RSU senior Dina Ortiz rounded out the scoring with a solo homer over the left field fence in the sixth. The Monahans, Texas native led the Hillcat offense with three hits.

Pitching has also been a plus for the Cats. In Bartlesville, Okla. RSU dominated Oklahoma Wesleyan 13-0 in game one and 9-1 in game two.

Junior pitcher Ashley Wailand displayed impressive performances on the mound. The Davenport, Iowa native tossed a no-hitter against OWU striking out five while allowing just one ball out of the infield to record the second no-hitter in school history.

The Hillcats plated 22 runs and cranked out 24 hits in the double-header sweep against OWU. With just four games under their belt, RSU is averaging 12 hits a game with Zamora, White and Brogdon leading the way.

Dicus’ ball club is looking to keep the momentum going as the season progresses.

“It’s been a good start and we’re just hoping to continue that trend,” said Dicus.

The Hillcats will host Langston University Mar. 1 before kicking off conference play on the road against Mid-America Christian Mar. 3.
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For RSU Softball schedule check out the Hillcat Athletic website

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