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|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||5||0||0||2||2||0||0||9||12||2|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Pitching||Bethany (Kan.)|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Stats||Bethany (Kan.)|
|None||Doubles||#18 Williams, Shannon|
|#6 Nunn, Madison||Triples||None|
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|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex ( 2-0)||4||0||1||3||0||0||2||10||15||4|
|St. Mary (Kan.) (0-2)||0||0||1||2||1||0||0||4||8||0|
|Fort Worth, TX Gateway|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Pitching||St. Mary (Kan.)|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Stats||St. Mary (Kan.)|
|None||Doubles||2 Players (#7,#12)|
|#22 Dreese, Kayla||Triples||None|
|#1 Kennedy, Kennah||Home Runs||None|
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Feb. 8-9, 2019) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team opened up its 2019 schedule with a trip to Fort Worth, Texas, for the annual NAIA College Cowtown Classic. On Feb. 8, the Saints took on Bethany College and the University of St. Mary. On Saturday, the Saints played Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Other games scheduled were cancelled due to extreme weather.
Head Coach Kristine Samaniego commented, "With a roster of 13 players, and playing in temperatures below freezing both days, I knew this would be a tough weekend for us. But on day one, they rolled in with confidence and excitement and strung together 26 hits, and scored 19 runs. I was especially proud of our young pitching staff, holding our opponents to only seven runs. We came out strong on day two against OPSU, but by the third inning the game got away from us. We just stopped playing Saints softball.Considering 2-of-5 games were canceled this weeekdn due to weather conditions, this tournament showed me what the focus of our practices will be next week. The best part...this team is willing to do the work."
The Saints faced Bethany College last year and won 8-3. They are 1-1 against University of St. Mary and they had not played Oklahoma Panhandle University before
Game one synopsis vs. Bethany
In her first appearance of the 2019 season, ace right handed pitcher Ciera Martinez (SO/San Antonio, Texas) started in the circle for the Saints. She faced a total of 26 batters with five reaching base on a walk and 12 striking out. She amassed 6.2 innings of work for the Saints and only allowed six hits.
The Saints dominated the Swedes early in the first inning with a five run lead. BC was able to answer back by stringing together two runs in the bottom of the second innings. The Saints put their foot on the gas and added a two run cushion bringing the score to 7-2. The Swedes added one run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but it was too little too late for the offensively dominant Saints. OLLU added their last two runs in the top of the fifth inning to solidify their 9-3 victory.
Leading the Saints offense with three hits and two runs was newcomer Joanna Gonzalez (FR/San Benito, Texas). She went 2-3 at the plate with one walk. Madison Nunn (FR/Cibolo, Texas) and Ariel Montgomery (FR/San Antonio, Texas) added an additional two hits for the Saints, which resulted in one run a piece. Kayla Dreese (FR/San Antonio, Texas) added one run after going 1-2 at the plate with one walk. Madeline Wolken (SO/Houston, Texas) added one run with two RBIs credited to her name. Martinez did her thing in the circle and held her own in the batter's box going 1-3 at the plate with one run as well as one RBI. Kennah Kennedy (SO/Frost, Texas) added one run and one RBI in the game, while Gabrielle Chacon (FR/Pearland, Texas) added one run and one hit.
The Swedes' Alexis Martinez was 1-2 at the plate adding two runs with one RBI and one walk. Alexandra Medina added one run in BC's loss.
Game two synopsis vs. University of St. Mary
Coming off of the first victory for 2019, the Saints Kaitlyn Salazar (FR/San Antonio, Texas) made her first appearance in the circle of the Saints this season in the game against the University of Saint Mary (USM). The Saints defeated the Spires 10-4 for their second victory of the season bringing their overall record to 2-0.
She faced 22 batters striking out three and walking three. Lefty Ariel Montgomery also saw action in the circle for the Saints adding 1.2 innings of work. She faced seven USM batters and struck out one.
In the first inning, Kennah Kennedy busted open the game with an inside the park homerun to put the Saints on the board early. Kayla Dreese and Joanna Gonzalez each scored off of an RBI. Montgomery rounded out the scoring in the first inning to bring the score to 4-0.
The third inning added one run for each team with Montgomery scoring off of another RBI. USM's Hazel Faz scored off of a bobbled ball by second baseman Nicole Kassis (FR/San Antonio, Texas).
Adding runs for the Saints in the fourth inning were Gonzalez, Montgomery and Jalin St. Romain (SO/Highlands, Texas). The Saints brought the score to 8-3, but the Spires came back with a vengeance. USM's Josefina Gutierrez and Katlyn Schiefen scored bringing the score to 8-5.
The Spires added one run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the in the seventh inning the Saints solidified their win with two runs. Jennifer Estrada (FR/El Paso, Texas) and Dreese scored off of RBIs to bring the score to 10-4.
Game three synopsis vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State
The game between Avila University and OLLU was cancelled. This resulted in an early competition between Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) and OLLU. The Saints fell to the Aggies 7-18.
Joanna Gonzalez led the Saints in the batter's box going 2-3 with one RBI. Madeline Wolken went 1-1 in the game with one run scored. Jennifer Estrada and Madison Nunn added one hit apiece as well as one run each. Nunn also added two RBIs. Kennah Kennedy, Gabrielle Chacon, Ciera Martinez and Amanda Guerra (SR/Stafford, Texas) each added one run for the Saints. Additionally, Chacon added one RBI.
The Saints are set to open up their home schedule with a doubleheader against Southwestern University on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. with the second game to immediately follow. Game day festivities will begin with the ceremonial first pitch being tossed by Saints softball alumna Julie Ramos, who played four years for OLLU (2011-2014).