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Brunson sets record as No. 1 Central Okla. wins

SAN ANTONIO -- Junior Kaylee Brunson became Central Oklahoma's all-time steals leader and the Bronchos ended the Rattler Invitational with a 4-0 shutout of Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.

Brunson went 1-for-3 at the plate with one run batted in and two runs scored while also swiping two bases. She now has 69 steals for her career, surpassing the record of 68 set by Mary Martin from 1983-86.

Kalynn Schrock and Nicole Brady teamed up for a two-hitter in the pitching circle. Schrock gave up both hits and struck out one in going the first five innings to earn the win before Brady finished off the shutout with two hitless innings.

Eight different players had one hit apiece for the Bronchos, who took a 1-0 lead in the first when Brunson drew a lead-off walk, went to second on a groundout and scored on Emily Ditmore's double.

Brunson and Devyn Frazier had run-scoring singles in the second to push the lead to 3-0 and UCO added an unearned run in the fourth to complete the scoring.

No. 2 Kutztown 8, Mercyhurst 0

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Kutztown scored four runs in the first inning to guide it to a 8-0, five-inning victory against Mercyhurst on Sunday morning in the final game of the Pioneer Classic.

The Golden Bears (3-6) ended the tournament with a 2-3 record with both wins coming against Mercyhurst (0-8). They only allowed four hits in the shutout victory while notching seven themselves.

Junior pitcher Dominique Ficara threw a complete game shutout in the circle. She has been tabbed with the win in all three of Kutztown's wins this season, and notched three strikeouts.

Kutztown scored all four runs in the first inning with two outs. Morgan Booth opened the scoring by sprinting home on a wild pitch. Freshman Savannah Nierintz hit a two-run triple two batters later, as a Mercyhurst fielding error plated Kutztown's fourth run.

Following an inning-opening triple by Booth in the second, Rachel Lawes knocked in Booth with an infield groundout. Jackie Hetzler and Colleen Smith notched base hits the next two at-bats, as Marka Ballard hit an RBI for the 6-0 lead.

Danielle Sienko drove in Kutztown's final two runs with two outs in the fourth inning on a two-run double. It was one of her team-leading two hits on the day.

Upper Iowa 4, No. 3 Grand Valley State 2
No. 3 Grand Valley State 9, WIsconsin-Parkside 0

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- For the second day in a row, Grand Valley State split a pair of indoor games at the Lewis Dome Tournament. The Lakers dropped the opening game on Sunday to Upper Iowa 4-2 before notching a mercy rule victory against Wisconsin-Parkside 9-0.

In the opener against Upper Iowa, GVSU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Freshman Jenna Lenza reached base and was driven in on a two-run homerun from senior shortstop Briauna Taylor. It was the 23rd career homer for Briauna Taylor, the fifth-most in Laker history. Upper Iowa answered with a run in the bottom of the first and took a 4-2 lead with a three-run sixth inning.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Grand Valley State loaded the bases on a single from senior Tonya Calkins, a walk by freshman Kelsey Dominguez, and a single from Lenza. Upper Iowa got out of the bases loaded, two-out jam to secure the win. Freshman Ellie Balbach pitched into the sixth inning and suffered the loss, while junior Lauren Gevaart relieved Balbach in the sixth.

Against Wisconsin-Parkside, the Laker bats came alive. Lenza led off and reached base and was driven home on a ground-rule double from Briauna Taylor. The 1-0 lead turned to 6-0 in the second stanza. Brittany Taylor started things with a walk, Lenza singled, and Briauna Taylor followed with a single to load the bases for senior Miranda Cleary. GVSU's third baseman, who hit a game-winning homer against Lewis on Saturday, crushed a grand slam to right center field. Cleary's blast was her 39th career roundtripper, the third-highest total in GVSU history.

Dominican (Calif.) 2, No. 4 Humboldt State 1
No. 4 Humboldt State 6, Dominican (Calif.) 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- Humboldt State suffered a rough weekend by their standards by splitting two games for the third day in a row.

The Jacks left 10 runners on base and couldn't get a key hit to fall to the Penguins of Dominican (Calif.) 2-1 in the opener. HSU bounced back due to key hits from Darian Harris and Cyndi Chavez to pull out a 6-4 victory in game two.

After stranding three runners in the first three innings of the day's opener, a Sarah Fox single loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fourth frame. The Penguins (6-5) would get out unscathed with a fielder's choice in a force out at home and a foul out to end the threat.

Dominican rode the momentum to three singles, which resulted in a pair of runs to go ahead 2-0 after four innings.

In the top of the fifth, Hannah Williams singled to left field to plate Harris, who reached on a fielder's choice to cut the game to 2-1 with one out. Dominican retired the side on a line out double play on the next HSU batter.

Hannah Williams added a second hit of the game with no outs but was left at first to end the game.

In the second game, HSU struck first in the second. With two outs, Cyndi Chavez singled to center to bring home Tiffany Hollingsworth, who reached on an error, for a 1-0 lead.

The game remained unchanged until the fifth frame. Cyndi Chavez singled a second time to center and Andrea Chavez reached on a Dominican throwing error. After an out, Harris sliced a two-run double to left center. Hollingsworth drove a hit up the middle to later score Harris. Pinch runner Hailee Watilo for Hannah Williams, who walked, scored on a throw to second base, while Hollingsworth was caught stealing for a 5-0 lead.

Dominican cut the difference to 5-2 with a pair of runs on three hits in the home fifth.

In the top of the seventh, Walker drew a walk, stole second and trotted home on a Dani Randall sac fly for an insurance run and 6-2 tally.

Madison Williams started, left and came back to save her own win in the bottom of the seventh. After two Penguins runs, she returned to the mound. Williams enticed a double play and a line out to third to leave the game-tying run on base for the 6-4 win.

No. 6 Valdosta State, West Florida (Rainout)

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Thunderstorms have forced the cancellation of Valdosta State's softball game at West Florida on Sunday. The game will not be made up.

Ouchita Baptist 10, No. 10 Southeastern Oklahoma 9
No. 10 Southeastern Oklahoma 3, Ouchita Baptist 2

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- Southeastern Oklahoma piled up 23 hits during two games, but was only able to pick up a split on Sunday afternoon, dropping game one to Ouachita Baptist 10-9 before winning the finale 3-2.

The split means the Savage Storm split the season-opening series and return to Durant with a 7-6 record overall and a 2-2 mark in Great American Conference play.

In the series finale, Jessica Simmons, Sydney Kramer, Laramie Beal and Arianna Jones each posted two hits.

Kramer, Beal and Jones each drove in a run, while Kramer scored twice.

In the circle, Mindy McElroy picked up her fourth win of the year after tossing 6.2 innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts.

In the day's opener, the teams combined for 25 hits and 19 runs, with SE striking first on a Kramer RBI double that plated Simmons for a 1-0 lead.

OBU, however, answered in a big way with five runs in the bottom of the first, powered by a bases-clearing double.

The Tigers added two more runs in the second and got a two-run homer in the third to mount a 9-1 lead.


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