FARMERS BRANCH, TEXAS (Feb. 24-25, 2012) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University softball team won three of four games in the St. Gregory's University Invitational Tournament held at Farmers Branch, Texas.
The Saints lost 8-0 on Friday against Oklahoma City University, a team that is ranked third in the NAIA. OLLU defeated Bellevue University later that day 7-6. On Saturday, the Saints beat Southwestern College 4-1, and OLLU closed out the tournament with a win against Southern Nazarene University by the score of 9-7.
The Saints improve to 5-5 overall and they are 2-0 in conference.
During the opening game against Oklahoma City University, the Saints were unable to get any hits against Lily LaVelle, and the game ended after five innings with the Saints losing 0-8.
The Saints came back to beat Bellevue University, a team that has received votes in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Rankings. Kaitlyn Bourg with 3-for-4, driving in two runs, and getting two RBIs on one double and one home run. Brittany Stone went 2-for-4, and she had two runs, one RBI, one double and one home run.
Ruby Ximenez had nine putouts at first base, and Megan Perez had six as catcher.
Ximenez moved to pitcher and was credited with the win on 13 batters faced. She struck out five, and alloed two runs and three hits.
On Saturday morning, the Saints faced Southwestern College from Kansas. The Saints defeated the team 4-1. Designated player Ashley Perez went 3-for-3 and got two runs. Meagan Potts, Stone, Ashley Elizalde and Kimberlee Briseno each had one RBI. Ximenez had 14 putouts at first base.
Kailyn Marie Miller was credited with the win. She pitched seven innings and faced 22 players. She allowed four hits.
OLLU played its last game against Southern Nazarene University from Oklahoma. The Saints defeated them 9-7. Ximenez went 3-for-4, got one run and three RBIs. Stone went 2-for-5, and she hit one home run and had five RBIs. Maegan Ramirez had eight put outs at first base.
Ximenez got the win for the Saints on four innings pitched. She faced 21 batters, and allowed four runs and five hits.
The Saints will play Trinity University in San Antonio on Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant