Softball does not have a halftime as part of the rules, but Mother Nature did her part in creating a scenario that treated the No. 9 Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals contest against No. 4 University of Mobile as if there was a halftime. A three-hour and 20 minute rain delay turned out to be the turning point in LCU's 2-0 loss to the Lady Rams Tuesday at the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex.
The delay came 37 minutes into the game at which the contest was scoreless in the top of the fourth inning with the Lady Chaps batting with two outs and a runner on base. There were only two hits in the game prior to the delay and they were each by Gabby Woody. The Lady Rams had been retired in order through the first three innings.
After the delay, it was the Lady Rams getting the hits and the Lady Chaps were held without a hit. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Yaicey Sojo hit a lead-off single for the Lady Rams first hit of the game. She was worked around by a sacrifice and eventually scored on Christina Rodriguez bloop single to right field. University of Mobile would only get one more hit in the game and turned out to be a big one, as Jennifer Gomez, who was stellar defensively at shortstop, crushed a home run over the left field fence to lead off the fifth inning.
Ginger Reeser held the Lady Chaps to two hits and pitched the complete game shutout for the Lady Rams win. She only registered two strikeouts, but she received great support from her defense. Marissa Gonzalez had her record drop to 39-9, as she allowed two runs on three hits and struck out five batters.With the loss, LCU (57-10) now faces elimination and must win three games Wednesday to claim the NAIA National Title. Their day will begin with a 10 a.m. game against Point Loma Nazarene University, with the winner scheduled to face Mobile at noon needing to win twice. If LCU loses any of their games, they will have their season come to an end. The game(s) will all be broadcasted on KKAM Sports Radio 1340 AM and simulcasted online.