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Top-ranked Central Oklahoma gets a bit of everything in Sunday sweep


BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Amanda McClelland hurled a two-hit shutout and Devyn Frazier hit an inside-the-park home run to lead Central Oklahoma to a 10-0 rout of Ouachita Baptist and a sweep of two games in the 8-State Classic here Sunday.

The top-ranked and defending national champion Bronchos opened the day with a 5-3 victory against Minnesota-Duluth before rolling over the Tigers to finish 4-2 in the three-day event.

UCO, now 6-5 on the season goes to San Antonio, Texas this weekend for the Rattler Invitational.

McClelland struck out three and walked three in the five-inning run-rule rout of OBU.  She walked the bases loaded in the first inning before getting out of that jam and allowed just two fourth-inning singles the rest of the way.

The Bronchos erupted for seven first-inning runs to take command early, getting a two-run single from Emily Ditmore and run-scoring singles from Brooke Zukerman and Tori Collet in that frame.

Ditmore added an RBI single in the second to make it 8-0 and Frazier followed a walk to Kaylee Brunson with her first career homer in the third to push the cushion to 10-0.

UCO led 3-2 after two innings against UMD before making that 5-2 in the third, scoring one run on an RBI single by Ashleigh Tramel and the other on an error.

The Bulldogs pushed across their final run in the bottom of the seventh to get within 5-3 and had two runners on base with one out before Kalynn Schrock got back-to-back groundouts to end the threat.

Schrock went the distance in the circle to pick up the pitching win.

No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic 4, Saint Leo 1
No. 5 Armstrong Atlantic 13, Mars Hill 6

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong Atlantic blasted a school-record five home runs in picking up a 13-6 win against Mars Hill on Sunday afternoon, completing a perfect weekend of play at the Armstrong Softball Field. The Pirates also downed Saint Leo, 4-1, on Sunday.

The Pirates (7-3) surpassed the previous school record of four home runs, set several times, but needed all of them against the Lions (4-4) in the final game of the day. Lacye Walker started off the contest with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, but Mars Hill answered with four runs in the top of the third - three on a bases-clearing triple by Cori Dew.

A two-run home run by Haley Ellis tied things up at four in the fourth inning, but again the Lions answered, getting a two-run double from Dew to take a 6-4 lead in the top of the fifth.

The floodgates opened at that point as the Pirates put up a five-spot in the fifth inning, keyed by Andrea Dalton's three-run shot and a solo shot by Ellis, to take a 9-6 lead. Armstrong then put the game out of reach in the sixth with four more runs, three coming on a three-run homer by Hannah Reppert.

All the offense made a winner out of Ollivia McLemore (6-1), who hurled 2 2/3 innings of two-hit shutout relief, walking one and striking out one. Taylor Hussey (2-2) took the loss for Mars Hill, giving up nine hits and nine runs - eight earned - in 4 1/3 innings of work.

Walker, Haley Ellis and Dalton each finished with two hits and three RBIs while Reppert finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

Armstrong also need a big home run to take the 4-1 win against Saint Leo. The Pirates got all of their runs in the second inning against the Lions as Kat Vogler delivered an RBI double and Alexis Mercer launched a three-run home run to stake Armstrong to a 4-0 lead.

McLemore held Saint Leo hitless until the no-hit bid was broken up with one out in the sixth inning by a sharp single to left by Adriana Sanders. The Lions pushed their run across in the seventh on a pinch-hit RBI double by Angela Kafalas.

McLemore notched the win with 6 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, walking three. Alana Tabel (2-3) took the loss for the Lions, giving up six hits and all four runs in two innings of work.

West Georgia 6, No. 9 Alabama-Huntsville 4
West Georgia 6, No. 9 Alabama-Huntsville 5

CARROLLTON, Ga. - Hometown heroes were the story of the day at University Field Sunday afternoon, as a pair of local products provided the firepower for a pair of West Georgia victories against ninth-ranked Alabama Huntsville in Gulf South Conference action.

As has become the custom, the Wolves won both ends of the doubleheader on Sunday in late-inning fashion, winning on a walk-off three-run homer from Nicole Yancey in the first game 6-4, then using a pair of home runs from Heather Crow in the late session to pick up a 6-5 victory and win the series. 


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