Provided by Lubbock Christian University:
Lady Chaparrals pitcher Courtney McGee held the NAIA's leading team in hits to two and No.2 Lubbock Christian University matched their program single-season wins mark with their 60th win in a 6-1 victory over No.4 Oklahoma City University at the final site of the NAIA Softball National Championship at South Commons Softball Complex. More importantly for LCU, the win eliminates the Stars and advances LCU to face either Williams Baptist College or Reinhardt University Wednesday at 3 p.m. (Central).
The Lady Chaps scored a pair of runs in the first two innings and took a 4-0 lead to open the game. In the first inning, a wild pitch by Stars starting pitcher Danielle Fox allowed Mallory Koschany to score and a bases loaded walk issued to Diana De La Paz allowed McKenzie Clemmons to stroll home. A two out double down the left field line by Megan Sullivan followed by a single from Latainna Eltsosie each produced an RBI for the pair of runs in the second inning. Oklahoma City garnered their first run in the top of the third inning with Kyndra Holasek singling in Tori Joyner with a hit to right field. The Lady Chaps produced another two out rally in the fifth inning with De La Paz hitting a single to left field, which allowed one run to score, but left fielder Shelbi Legg let the ball get past her and that allowed the second run to score for a 6-1 lead.
McGee improved to 20-0 on the season and completed her 14th complete game of the season and her second in Columbus. She allowed one run off two hits and struck out a season-high nine batters. McGee also limited the Stars to just one fly out.
The last time Fox faced LCU was at the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Game and she did not allow an extra-base hit. Tuesday, she allowed five runs on six hits. She fell to 2-2 on the season. Clemmons was the game's only multi-hit individual at the plate, as she went 2-for-4. De La Paz was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs-batted-in. All six LCU runs came with two outs.
LCU improved to 60-9 on the season, matching their 2008 win total (60-10). Six of the wins came against Oklahoma City, as Tuesday's meeting marked the seventh meeting this season between the two conference foes. OCU won the first meeting of the season and LCU has since won six straight over the Stars. LCU is now 17-17 all-time against the Stars and 1-1 all-time in NAIA postseason play. The Stars have their season end at 51-15.
The Lady Chaps are now 2-1 in Columbus and they will play an elimination game Wednesday at 3 p.m. against either Williams Baptist or Reinhardt, as those two teams play an elimination game Tuesday. The winner of Wednesday's game will remain to play an additional game Wednesday to get to Thursday's championship game.