Special to The Sun
WICHITA FALLS, Texas —
The No. 16-ranked Central Oklahoma softball team met its match in the power department here Tuesday as No. 19 Midwestern State clubbed six home runs in sweeping a non-conference doubleheader.
The Mustangs belted two of those homers during a big nine-run sixth inning in the opener that snapped a 6-6 tie and gave them a 15-6 run-rule win and MSU hit a pair of two-run dingers in a 4-1 second-game victory.
UCO, which bested the Mustangs 11-8 on a last-inning grand slam last week, fell to 20-7 with the two losses. MSU improved to 23-9.
Both teams had 11 hits in the first game, with Ally Dziadula going 3-for-4 to lead the Bronchos while Kacie Edwards and Tori Collet had two hits apiece.
UCO broke on top 1-0 in the opener on Nicole Workman’s RBI single in the top of the first, but the Mustangs hit a three-run homer in a four-run second to go on top 4-1.
The Bronchos scored two runs on an error in the third, with MSU pushing across single runs in the third and fifth to take a 6-3 lead into the sixth.
UCO tied it in its half of that inning on Brooke Zukerman’s three-run homer down the left field line and set the stage for another dramatic finish before the Mustangs exploded in their half of the inning to end the game early on the eight-run rule.
The Bronchos scored their only run of the second game in their initial at bat, getting a lead-off double from Dziadula and an RBI single from Edwards one out later.
MSU answered back with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and made it 4-1 with another two-run shot in the fifth to finish off the sweep.
Kaylee Brunson had two of UCO’s seven hits.
The Bronchos return to Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play this weekend, hosting Southwest Baptist for a 1 p.m. doubleheader Friday and Central Missouri for a 1 p.m. twinbill Saturday.
BRONCHOS DROP TWIN BILL TO PSU
EDMOND – The momentum turned in a big way after Central Oklahoma jumped out to a 6-2 third-inning lead in the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Pittsburg State, with the Gorillas roaring back to take both Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association games.
PSU outscored the Bronchos 24-2 after those first three innings, rallying for an 11-7 victory in the first game to end UCO’s 11-game winning streak at Wendell Simmons Field before rolling to a 15-1 run-rule rout in the nightcap.
The Bronchos fell to 16-10 on the season and 13-10 in the league with the two losses, while the Gorillas improved to 14-10 and 11-9.
UCO collected seven hits in the first three innings of the opener to take early control, starting with Tyler Crabtree’s double to lead off the game. He eventually scored on Ross Rose’s sacrifice fly and the lead grew to 3-0 in the second on run-scoring hits by Cameron Mavroulis and Matt Malloy.
PSU pushed across two runs in the top of the third, but the Bronchos came back with three in their half of the inning. Mavroulis had an RBI double to key that inning before later scoring on a wild pitch, while Jared Wright drew a bases-loaded walk to push the advantage to 6-2.
The Gorillas got two runs back in the fourth and went ahead 7-6 with a three-run fifth. Wright pulled UCO even with a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, but PSU scored four runs on two hits and two errors in the top of the seventh to pull out the win.
Mavroulis and Cesar Wong had two hits apiece for the Bronchos, who were outhit 14-8 in the contest.
PSU left-hander Matt Stalcup dominated from the outset in the second contest, striking out nine straight batters to open the game en route to a 15-strikeout, two-hit complete game masterpiece.
Wright and Crabtree managed the only hits for UCO, with Crabtree’s lead-off homer in the seventh keeping the Bronchos from the shutout.
UCO stays at home to host No. 3-ranked Central Missouri for a three-game series this weekend, starting with a 1 p.m. twinbill Friday.