Special to The Sun
ABILENE, Texas —
Kacie Edwards set a school home run record in a season-opening rout and a pair of newcomers led a tight second-game victory as No. 16-ranked Central Oklahoma opened the season with two wins at the Whitten Inn Classic here Friday.
The Bronchos started the day with a 15-4 trouncing of Eastern New Mexico before slipping past No. 22 Abilene Christian 2-1. Edwards led the offensive onslaught in the first game by smacking two homers to become UCO’s all-time leader, while Nicole Workman slapped a two-run double and Kalynn Schrock pitched a complete-game four-hitter against ACU.
UCO plays both teams again Saturday, taking on ENMU at noon and the host Wildcats at 4 p.m.
The reigning NCAA Division II Player of the Year who is coming back from off-season knee surgery, Edwards ripped a two-run homer in her first at bat against ENMU to break the UCO career record of 34 she shared with Alley Roberts before adding a three-run shot in the fourth.
Freshmen Ally Dziadula and Brooke Zukerman also homered for the Bronchos, who banged out 16 hits in coasting to the easy win.
Amanda McClelland picked up the pitching win, throwing four shutout innings before giving up four runs in the fifth. She allowed four hits while striking out three.
Dziadula had a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, with Edwards, Zukerman, Kaylee Brunson, Nicole Workman and Hayley Hudson adding two hits apiece.
UCO took control quickly with a four-run first, getting Edwards’ two-run homer for the record along with RBI singles from Hannah Justus and Tori Collet.
The lead ballooned to 10-0 in the second as Zukerman delivered a grand slam while Dziadula had a solo shot and a run-scoring single and the Bronchos went up 12-0 in the third.
Edwards’ second dinger of the day made it a 15-0 cushion in the fourth before the Zias got their only runs in the top of the fifth.
The Bronchos broke a scoreless tie in the third inning against ACU on Workman’s two-run double. Devyn Frazier had a one-out single and UCO loaded the bases on walks to Dziadula and Edwards before Workman — a sophomore transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M — came through with her clutch hit.
Schrock did the rest in the pitching circle as the junior transfer from Tulsa gave up just one unearned run in going the distance, scattering four hits while striking out eight and walking one.
Frazier went 3-for-3 to lead UCO’s eight-hit attack.