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PORTLAND, TEXAS (Feb. 6-8, 2020) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team competed in the NAIA Invitational from Feb. 6-8. They defeated Doane University (DU) 8-0 in six innings, York College (YC) 5-2, Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) 9-0 in five innings and McPherson College (MC) 10-1 in five innings. They lost to No. 16-ranked Columbia College (CC) 9-2 and No. 2-ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) 6-3. The Saints finished 4-2 at the NAIA Invitational and are 4-4 on the season.
Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, "Going 4-2 during this long weekend was a great result for our young team. I was extremely pleased with Ciera Martinez (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Kelly Anne Salinas (FR/Laredo, Texas) on the mound as both battled some very talented hitters and gained some valuable experience. Our baserunning and offense was also tested and experience some success against well-established programs."
Game One vs. Doane University
The Saints couldn't have asked for a better start to the NAIA Invitational. Ciera Martinez pitched a gem for the Saints on Thursday, allowing zero runs and two hits. She also struck out 14 batters.
OLLU tallied four runs in the sixth inning. The offense was led by Jennifer Estrada (SO/El Paso, Texas), Kennah Kennedy (JR/Frost, Texas), Madison Nunn (SO/Cibolo, Texas), and Joanna Gonzalez (SO/San Benito, Texas), who each had RBIs in the inning.
Hits were gathered by Gonzalez, Kennedy, Nunn, and Ariel Montgomery (SO/San Antonio, Texas).
Breanna Hamilton took the loss for Doane University. She allowed six runs over five and a third innings and struck out eight batters.
The Saints won 8-0 in six innings.
Game Two vs. York College
In a 5-2 win against York College, Saints pitcher Kelly Anne Salinas lasted seven innings allowing two runs while striking out three batters.
Brianna Walter was the losing pitcher for York. She pitched four and a third innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out two batters.
Game Three vs. Columbia College
OLLU faced No. 16-ranked Columbia College to start play on Friday. Columbia tallied six runs in the first inning, aided by a home run from Karolina Arbova.
The Saints only lead of the game was in the top of the first inning when Kayla Dreese (SO/San Antonio, Texas) doubled to score one run. Ciera Martinez took the loss for the Saints. She surrendered six runs on six hits over-two thirds of an inning.
Kaitlyn Nottelmann picked up the win for Columbia. She allowed four hits and two runs over six innings and struck out six batters.
Game Four vs. Texas Wesleyan University
The Saints returned to their winning ways with a 9-0 victory over Texas Wesleyan in five innings. Ciera Martinez was on the mound again for the Saints and allowed just one hit in five innings of work.
Game Five vs. McPherson College
OLLU defeated McPherson College 10-1 in five innings. McPherson received votes in the latest NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll.
The Saints hit three home runs, with one from Madison Nunn, Ariel Montgomery and Joanna Gonzalez. In the second inning, the Saints scored six runs with RBIs from Nunn, Kayla Dreese, Gonzalez and Montgomery.
Saints starting pitcher Kelly Anne Salinas picked up the win. She went four and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on five hits and struck out six batters.
The Saints totaled 13 hits on the day, with multiple hits coming from Montgomery, Nunn, Kennah Kennedy and Gonzalez.
Game Six vs. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
The Saints faced No. 2-ranked USAO in the final game of the NAIA Invitational. USAO scored five runs in the first two innings and the Saints were not able to catch up, despite scoring two runs in the top of the sixth inning and one run in the top of the seventh inning.
Ciera Martinez started as pitcher for the Saints and allowed four hits and five runs in three innings.
Joanna Gonzalez hit a home run in the sixth inning. Alexis Valdez, Gonzalez, Clarissa Santos, Madison Nunn, Ysa Gonzales (FR/San Marcos, Texas) and Ariel Montgomery each collected one hit. The Saints lost 6-3 to close out the NAIA Invitational.
The Saints travel to Denton, Texas, to play Texas Women's University in a doubleheader on Feb. 13 starting at 3 p.m.