The Hornets scored twice in the top of the ninth before Landon Hallam closed out the game to earn the complete-game win. Hallam struck out 10 and walked just one in going the distance.
Wright had a 3-for-4 outing at the plate, while Johnson, Malloy and Ross Rose each had two hits.
2 GRAND SLAMS LIFT UCO SOFTBALL
No. 9-ranked Central Oklahoma hit a grand slam in each game en route to taking a doubleheader from Southern Nazarene Wednesday afternoon.
Nicole Workman’s bases-loaded homer highlighted a 12-3 first-game romp and Hayley Hudson delivered an opening-inning slam in an 8-3 second-game win as the Bronchos improved to 14-4 on the season.
UCO banged out 15 hits in the five-inning opener, topped by Tori Collet’s 3-for-3 performance at the plate. Ally Dziadula, Devyn Frazier, Kacie Edwards and Hannah Justus all had two hits, with Edwards and Workman each driving in four runs.
Kalynn Schrock earned the complete-game pitching win, striking out seven and walking one while giving up four hits and three earned runs.
The Bronchos jumped on top quickly behind Edwards’ two-run homer in the first and made it 7-0 in the second as Workman hit her second grand slam of the season and Frazier added an RBI single.
Edwards had a two-run single and Dziadula an RBI single in the third to bump the lead to 10-0 before the Crimson Storm scored their three runs in the top of the fourth, but UCO came back with a run-scoring hit by Dziadula and RBI fielder’s choice by Frazier in its half of the inning to make it 12-3 and complete the scoring.
Hudson’s slam came during a seven-run first inning outburst in the nightcap, with the Bronchos also getting a two-run single from Dziadula and RBI base hit from Workman.
Edwards provided UCO’s other run with a lead-off solo homer in the seventh.
Workman went the first six innings to earn the pitching win, giving up two earned runs.
Dziadula had three hits to pace the offense, with Hudson and Edwards adding two hits apiece.
The Bronchos don’t play again until opening Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play March 15 at Missouri Southern.