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WBC Softball Keeps Winning Ways, Sweeps Lady Owls

4/2/2012

Williams Baptist College prepared for a big weekend in softball, and it did not disappoint.    The 17th nationally ranked squad hosted a doubleheader against William Woods University on Saturday and swept the Lady Owls.  The American Midwest Conference games were played in Walnut Ridge.

Game one was a pitching duel between freshman Shelby Anderson of Williams and MacKenzie Bowden of Woods.  Both pitchers would pitch complete games, but Anderson came out on top.  She went seven innings, allowing six hits, one walk and an unearned run.  

The Lady Owls were able to get on the board first, scoring on an error in the top of the first.  WBC responded in the bottom half of the first with a leadoff double by Felicia Woodard and a Hallie Horton single to drive her in.

The Lady Eagles opened up a two run lead in the third when Lauren Sweeten and Wendy Eftink crossed the plate.  Those runs would prove enough, as Anderson shut down WWU’s hitters.

WBC outhit Woods eight to six, and the final score was 3-1.  Anderson’s earned run average for the season now stands at .61, which ranks 2nd in the NAIA.

Despite the game being played in Walnut Ridge, WBC is the away team in the second game of conference doubleheaders, so the Lady Eagles would bat first in game two.

The bats were ready, as they put four runs across the plate in the top of the first.  With All-American candidate Karisa Hendrix on the mound, that would prove plenty of runs.  

Hendrix finished the game allowing four hits, three runs (two earned), and four walks.  She struck out eight WWU hitters.  

The Lady Eagles would score four more in the third.  Ashley Boyles led the team offensively going 3-for-4 with two doubles.  She drove in three runs and scored another.  Williams finished the game with eleven hits.  

The final score was 8-3 in favor of Williams.

Hendrix picked up her 19th win of the season, which ranks third nationally.  She has struck out 149 batters in 138 innings pitched.  Her 149 strikeouts rank third in the NAIA.

“The crowd was tremendous.  We have a great following and it gave our team a spark,” said Head Coach Eric Newell.  “Also, I was really pleased with our offense against two really tough pitchers.”

The sweep improves the Lady Eagles record to 29-6 overall and 5-1 in the AMC.  They are now tied for first place with Park University in the conference standings.

Williams will travel to Lyon College on Monday, April 2, for a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.  Then, they will return home for pivotal conference doubleheader against Park University beginning at noon in Walnut Ridge, Ark.  

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