LUBBOCK, Texas (April 9, 2010) – Alyssa Gutierrez completed the sixth no-hitter in program history and held Oklahoma Baptist University hitless through the first three innings of the second game, as No.5 Lubbock Christian University swept the Lady Bison 8-0 and 10-2 Friday afternoon at PlainsCapital Park.
Gutierrez pitched her third no-hitter in program history, matching her with Marissa Gonzalez as the career leader in no-hitters in program history. The "no-no" was the second of the season, with the first coming on February 20th against Northwestern Oklahoma State University at the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth. It was her first at PlainsCapital Park. She faced 18 batters in the opener and allowed two batters on base via walks.
Offensively in the opener, the Lady Chaps relied on a five-run third inning to break open a scoreless game. Following an Amanda Myers sacrifice fly, which scored Kim Frazier, LCU scored four runs with two-outs. Latainna Eltsosie hit an RBI-single and Kayla Van Dieren hit her seventh home run of the season with a three-run shot over the centerfield fence to complete the five-run inning. The Lady Chaps scored three more in the fourth inning with all three runs coming on two-outs. Myers singled in a pair of runs and Amanda Parsons produced a single to centerfield to complete the game's scoring.
Van Dieren and Myers each had three runs-batted-in in the opener. Priscilla FaGaines produced a game-high two hits and scored twice. Sonya Beach suffered the loss (9-6) allowing eight earned runs in four innings.
In the second game, LCU jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the first three innings, while OBU remained hitless against Gutierrez. Doubles from Eltsosie and Van Dieren in the second inning helped LCU gain a 2-0 lead, and then LCU produced a four-run third inning with FaGaines highlighting the inning by hitting a two-run home run for her 18th homer of the season.
Alyssa Henkes broke up the perfect-game bid from Gutierrez and garnered the first OBU hit to lead off the fourth inning. The hit led to OBU producing their first run of the afternoon. The Lady Bison rattled off three hits leading to a run in the sixth inning off reliever Jori Rodgers, but LCU responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to activate the run-rule. FaGaines doubled in a pair of runs and eventually scored the walk-off run on Clarissa Maldonado's two-RBI double.
FaGaines (3-for-4) and Maldonado (3-for-4) each had a trio of hits in the game, with FaGaines coming away with four runs-batted-in and three for Maldonado. Eltsosie finished 2-for-2 with a pair of runs driven in. Gutierrez pitched five innings in the win to improve to 25-2 on the season, holding the Lady Bison to a run on three hits. She had seven strikeouts in the win. Cassidi Henderson fell to 5-6 by allowing six runs off nine hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Lubbock Christian has now won six straight games and they are 38-4 on the season and 19-3 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Oklahoma Baptist fell to 18-18 and they are now 5-13 in the SAC.
Kim Frazier entered the day one home run shy (28) of tying the NAIA single-season record for home runs, and was never tested at the plate. She finished the day 0-for-2 and was walked five times in seven plate appearances. Frazier will have another opportunity to chase the record Saturday at noon, as LCU hosts No.13 St. Gregory's University at PlainsCapital Park. The doubleheader of games can be viewed online at www.lcuchaps.com with audio-only broadcast links and live scoring also available.