LCU softball suffers first loss - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/19/09

LCU softball suffers first loss

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ALVA, Okla. (March 19, 2009) - The No. 1 Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals used a pair of seventh inning comebacks, but their second comeback bid of the day wasn't enough to keep their record on the season perfect, as the Lady Chaps extended their record to 30-0 with a 5-3 win in the opener and then dropped the second game 4-3 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Thursday afternoon.

Playing in less than ideal windy conditions, the Lady Chaps were trailing 3-2 in the opening game with two-outs and no runners aboard base.  Lisa Stratton walked and Honda Rodriguez singled up the middle to get runners aboard, and an error by Jackie Kopacek at second base on a ball hit by Raquel Hawkins allowed Stratton to tie the game.  A pair of walks and a passed ball gave the Lady Chaps a 5-3 lead.  The Lady Rangers were then retired in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.  Ginalee Davis was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Kelly Griego went 1-for-3 with two RBI in the game.  Alyssa Gutierrez improved to 15-0 on the season with five hits and three runs allowed in seven innings pitched.

In the second game, Rodriguez started the comeback bid once again with the Lady Chaps trailing 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning.  She hit a home run to tie the game 3-3, but the Lady Chaps would be unable to retire the Lady Rangers in order in the bottom half of the inning.   Jori Rodgers walked Ashley Vazquez to start the NWOSU at-bat and then was replaced by Gutierrez in the circle.  Gutierrez hit a batter, gave up a single and then hit Natalie Vazquez to allow Ashley to score the game winning run.  The winning run was unfortunately Rodgers' responsibility so she suffers the loss (2-1).  Rodriguez, Hawkins and Amanda Parsons each had a pair of hits in the loss.  LCU had 10 hits in the game, but left eight runners stranded.

The Lady Chaps are now 30-1 on the season and 5-1 in Sooner Athletic Conference play.  They look to get back to their winning ways Friday at 2 p.m. as they play a SAC doubleheader in Shawnee, Okla. at St. Gregory's University.

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