Central Oklahoma runs record to 29-9 with doubleheader sweep
EDMOND, Okla. -- Devyn Frazier drove in the tie-breaking runs in a tight first-game win and Nicole Brady pitched four innings of shutout relief to lead a second-game victory Friday as Central Oklahoma swept a doubleheader from intrastate rival Northeastern State.
The Bronchos prevailed 3-1 in the opener on Frazier’s bloop single that plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and UCO claimed a come-from-behind 7-4 triumph in the nightcap as Brady shut down the RiverHawks down the stretch.
“Those were two tough wins,” head coach Cody White said. “We had to battle all day and the girls found a way to get it done. We came up with some key hits in both games.”
The Bronchos improved to 29-9, 17-1 in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Northeastern State is 24-18, 10-8.
Ashleigh Tramel and Tori Collet came up with back-to-back one-out singles to get UCO’s fifth-inning rally started in the first game. Hannah Justus walked to load the bases and an out later Frazier came through with a blooper that dropped into short left field for a base hit that scored two runs.
The RiverHawks put two runners on in the sixth and another in the seventh, but Kalynn Schrock got out of trouble both times to close out the complete-game pitching victory. The senior left-hander improved to 16-6, scattering six hits and striking out nine.
Brooke Zukerman had two of UCO’s five hits and gave the Bronchos a 1-0 lead in the second when she walked, stole second, went to third on a long fly out and scored on a wild pitch.
UCO got its bats going in the second game, collecting 14 hits as Frazier went 3-for-4 to lead the way. Zukerman, Kaylee Brunson, Ally Dziadula and Ashton Smith added two hits apiece. NSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Bronchos answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of that frame as Zukerman and Smith had run-scoring doubles.
UCO went ahead 5-3 in the second as Dziadula had an RBI single and Zukerman a sacrifice fly and the lead was 5-4 when Brady entered the game to start the fourth. The sophomore right-hander retired the first eight batters she faced and gave up just two hits and no walks the rest of the way to earn the win and improve to 7-0.
The Bronchos pushed their lead to 7-4 in the fifth on RBI singles by Smith and Tramel.