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March 31, 2014

Bronchos win last 18-of-19 games

WARRENSBURG, Mo. —  Kalynn Schrock picked up a win and a save in the pitching circle to spark surging Central Oklahoma to a doubleheader sweep of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., Saturday.

Schrock went the distance in a 6-2 first-game win and then came on in the seventh inning of the nightcap to get the final two outs after the Jennies had put a pair of runners on to close out a 5-2 victory.

The reigning conference and national champion Bronchos won for the 18th time in their last 19 games in sweeping their second MIAA road twinbill in two days, improving to 26-8 on the season and 15-1 in the league.

“We struggled a little bit offensively, but had one big inning in each game and that was the difference,” interim head coach Cody White said. “Kalynn pitched well in the first game and did a great job coming on to get us out of a jam in the second.”

UCO led just 1-0 through four innings of the opener before taking control with a five-run outburst in the fifth.

Brooke Zukerman had the big blow in that frame with a two-run home run to left field — her fourth of the season — and Devyn Frazier added a two-run single as the Bronchos went ahead 6-0.

Central Missouri scored two unearned runs in the sixth to get within 6-2, but could get no closer.

Schrock gave up just three hits while walking four and striking out eight in her 13th complete-game outing of the season as the senior standout improved to 15-5.

Zukerman had two of UCO’s seven hits.

The second game was scoreless until the fourth, when Central Oklahoma pushed across four runs on four hits and an error.

Emily Ditmore’s fourth homer of the season keyed that inning as the junior belted a two-run shot to center field and Ashleigh Tramel added an RBI single.

The Jennies made it 4-1 in the fifth, with UCO tacking on an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Kaylee Brunson singled, stole second and scored on Ally Dziadula’s triple.

Central Missouri tried to rally in its final at bat against starter Nicole Brady, hitting a lead-off homer to get within 5-2 and then putting two runners on with a single and a walk.

Schrock came in with one out and quickly got out of trouble with a strikeout and popup to earn her first save of the season.

Dziadula and Ashton Smith had two hits apiece to pace a nine-hit attack.

The Bronchos return to action Tuesday when they host near-by rival Oklahoma Christian for a non-conference doubleheader at 2 p.m.

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