Long ball: Central Oklahoma hits five home runs in twin-bill sweep
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Ashton Smith hit two home runs Friday and Central Oklahoma clubbed homers on the day to sweep a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association doubleheader from Southwest Baptist, 7-3 and 12-4.
Tori Collet and Emily Ditmore belted homers in Game 1, while Ally Dziadula joined Smith with circuit clouts in Game 2.
"We don't hit that many home runs, but the girls were swinging the bats well today and we came up with some big flies," said interim head coach Cody White, whose team now has 20 homers on the season. "It's always good to win on the road and hopefully we can come out and play well tomorrow."
Ditmore and Kaylee Brunson had two hits apiece to pace an eight-hit attack in the opener, while Kalynn Schrock picked up the pitching win with her 12th complete game of the season. Schrock gave up six hits and walked two while striking out 12 in improving to 14-5 on the season.
Brunson's base-running gave UCO a 1-0 lead in the third inning when the speedy junior outfielder singled, stole second and then came home on an error while stealing third. The Bronchos erupted for four runs in the fourth, getting a two-run homer from Collet and two-run single from Devyn Frazier. SBU got two runs back in the bottom of that inning to get within 5-2, but Ditmore's two-run dinger in the fifth made it 7-2.
The Bearcats pulled within 7-3 in the sixth and had put two more runners on before Schrock ended the inning with two straight strikeouts and the senior lefty fanned two more in putting SBU down in the seventh to end the game.
Smith sparked the second-game rout, ripping a three-run homer to center field in the first inning to help stake UCO to a quick 4-0 lead and adding another three-run shot – this time to left field -- in the third to make it 7-1. Dziadula's two-run smash to left in the fourth upped the cushion to 9-1, though the Bearcats pushed across a run in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game alive. The Bronchos came back wtih three more in the sixth in make it 12-2 before SBU scored two in the bottom of that inning, though it wasn't nearly enough.
Amanda McClelland earned the pitching win with a complete-game outing. The senior right-hander allowed just four hits while walking two and striking out five in improving to 6-3. The Bronchos finished with 12 hits, getting three from Frazier and two each from Smith, Dziadula, Ditmore and Brooke Zukerman.
UCO improved to 24-8, 13-1 in league.