No. 1 Central Oklahoma splits two at Rattler Invitational in Texas
No. 1 Central Oklahoma 8, Tarleton State 0
Rogers State 6, No. 1 Central Oklahoma 3
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Emily Ditmore and Kalynn Schrock sparked Central Oklahoma to an opening-game rout of Tarleton State as the Bronchos split two games in the Rattler Invitational.
Ditmore belted a three-run home run in the first inning and Schrock threw a two-hit shutout in an 8-0 run-rule romp over the TexAnns to open the day, but UCO dropped a 6-3 decision to state rival Rogers State in its final game of the day.
The defending national champion Bronchos, now 7-6, return to action Saturday for games against host St. Mary's and Midwestern State before finishing the three-day event Sunday against Eastern New Mexico.
Kaylee Brunson and Ashton Smith had three hits apiece to lead a 12-hit attack in the TSU rout. Schrock allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in earning her second shutout of the season.
No. 2 Kutztown 9, Mercyhurst 1
King 5, No. 2 Kutztown 2
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Early innings helped Kutztown in its opener, but plagued it in the nightcap as Kutztown split its pair of games on Friday on the first day of the Pioneer Classic, hosted by Tusculum.
Kutztown defeated Mercyhurst 9-1 in five innings in the opener, but fell to King under the lights 5-2 to close out the first day of action.
The Golden Bears (2-4) opened the day with nine runs in a five-inning victory against Mercyhurst (0-6). Kutztown scored seven runs in the first two innings and did not allow a run until the fifth inning.
Sophomore Danielle Sienko went 3-for-3 at the plate including a two-run single in the first inning. She was one of three Golden Bears with multi-hit games along with Morgan Booth and Marka Ballard.
No. 4 Humboldt State 6, Cal State Monterey Bay 1
Cal State Monterey Bay 3, No. 4 Humboldt State 2
SEASIDE, Calif. -- One hit made all the difference. Humboldt State was unable to get a needed hit in Friday's opener in the visiting seventh, before a three-run homer was the key hit in the late contest.
Trailing 3-2 with one run in and the bases loaded, Cal State Monterey Bay's Cori Reinhardt was able to get the final out to edge No. 1-ranked HSU in the day's opener. The Lumberjacks bounced back with a first-inning Hannah Williams three-run home run to spur an eventual 6-1 victory in the nightcap.
The four-game opening split kept the two California Collegiate Athletic Association teams tied at 4-2 in the league.
Tiffany Hollingsworth laced a pair of doubles and a single with Darian Harris adding a double and two singles at the plate.
The Jacks' (13-2) sophomore pitchers, Katie Obbema and Liz Perez, posted strong outings. The two scattered 15 hits in 13 innings with one earned run.