Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Softball Battles Wind and Dust By Justine Gaskamp on 03/19/2014 Goodwell, Okla.—Sustained winds of 30-plus miles per hour with gusts up to 50mph made Tuesday's Aggie softball game against Cameron University equally challenging for both teams.
In addition to the strong winds, blowing dirt and the occasional tumbleweed also interfered with the game; but the teams pressed on for seven innings and Cameron overcame the elements for a 10-8 win over OPSU in game one. Game two was cancelled as the winds increased and visibility decreased.
Taylor Richardson started off the Aggie pitching and went three innings allowing six hits and five runs. Rachel Thompson stepped up to the rubber in the fourth inning with bases loaded. The Cameron Aggies brought in three more runs in the fourth to go up 6-1 over the OPSU Aggies.
The hometown Aggies stepped things up scoring three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth; Richardson drove a double to right field good for one RBI and then Richardson and Madison Heathington each came through with unearned runs.
Thompson held Cameron scoreless to open the fifth inning and the OPSU Aggies continued to rally brining in three more runs in the fifth to pull ahead 7-6. Lilli Ward hit a big triple with the wind towards right field bringing in two RBI and then Ward finished the trip home on a passed ball.
Cameron came back with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to reclaim the lead with a score of 10-7, and despite the single-run homer by Thompson in the bottom of the seventh, the OPSU Aggies were unable to climb back and Thompson took the loss on the mound.
Lilli Ward led the OPSU Aggies with three RBI and Thompson and Richardson each brought in one RBI. Anyssa Barbosa led in hitting going 3-4 with two runs scored.
Second baseman Kinzie Spurgin totaled five assists and Samantha Arledge led the team with seven putouts from first base.
The winning pitcher for Cameron was Samantha Betts who entered the mound with one out in the fifth inning and gave up only three hits and one run in her 2.2 innings of play.
The Aggies record now stands at 6-20 overall and the team is at home this weekend for a three-game conference series against Oklahoma Christian University. Friday's double-header is set for 1 p.m. with game three taking place Saturday at Noon.