Schaefer Walkoff give Owls split
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech catcher Kayde Schaefer hit a walkoff homerun in the bottom of the seventh to give the Owls a 5-4 win in the nightcap, but Northwest Christian was able to pick up their first conference win after coming up with four unanswered runs in the opener to beat the Owls 4-3.
What was suppose to be a home doubleheader in Eugene on Friday between both Oregon Tech and Northwest Christian, was rescheduled due to poor field conditions and played at the Softball Complex at Oregon Institute of Technology.
Oregon Tech’s Sierra Patzke doubled and drove in two runs to put the Owls up 3-0, and the momentum heading into the late innings in today’s opener.
NCU was just getting warmed up, however, and with two runs in both the sixth and seventh, took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh. NCU relief pitcher Jenna Royce then held the Owl bats silent and improved to 2-2 after giving up just two hits and no runs in three innings of work.
In the nightcap both teams were scoreless after four complete. NCU took the games first lead on an RBI single by Amy Stanton that drove in Brooke Davis to lead 1-0.
Sierra Patzke answered once again with her second two run double on the day to give the Owls a 2-1 lead, but not before NCU’s Cassie Bishop answered with a two run blast to give the lead back to the Beacons at 3-2.
After an Andria Wheatley single, it was Tech second baseman Ashleigh Larson that answered with a two run shot of her own to give the Owls a 4-3 advantage. Stanton drove in her second run for NCU on a solo homer that tied game 2 at 4-4 going into the bottom of the seventh.
Tech’s Kayde Schaefer then drove the first pitch she saw from NCU relief pitcher Brooke Davis over the left field wall to send the Owls home with a split and 5-4 win.
Sierra Patzke led the Owl attack with four hits, including two doubles and four RBI on the day, and anchored the Owl defense with a couple run saving plays at third base. Andria Wheatley finished with three hits, while Jess Plummer was 2-for-4 in game 1. Ashleigh Larson and Kayde Schaefer each hit homeruns for Tech in game 2. Taylor Schmidt improved to 8-4 in the circle, along with a double at the plate.
NCU’s Lissa Hatefi and Brittany Robles came away with two hits in the game 1 win, while Brooke Davis and Hatefi had an RBI. Amy Stanton and Rebecca Lillegard had two hits in the nightcap, while Bishop and Stanton accounted for the Beacons four RBI – two each.
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