Mar 19, 2023

KWU softball swept by Oklahoma Wesleyan

Posted Mar 19, 2023 7:16 PM

KWU Sports Information

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Kansas Wesleyan Softball dropped both ends of Saturday's doubleheader against the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles.

OKWU won the first game, rallying in the bottom of the sixth to win 8-6, and took the second game 3-1.

In the opener, the Coyotes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Jocelyn Alcala (JR/Fullerton, Calif.) doubled and then scored on Mia Hernandez (SO/Hanford, Calif.)'s single.

Oklahoma Wesleyan capitalized on a KWU error in the bottom of the third to plate two runs to take a 2-1 lead.

The Coyotes grabbed the lead back in the top of the fourth as Bailey Rivas (SR/La Puente, Calif.) doubled and then scored on the first of two homers on the day by Samantha Herrera (SO/Lake Jackson, Texas), giving KWU a 3-2 lead.

Herrera hit her second homer of the day in the sixth, another 2-run shot, and the Coyotes got a third run in the inning when Alcala reached on an error that allowed Sydnee Fordham (FR/Thornton, Colo.) to score from second base.

In the bottom of the sixth, Oklahoma Wesleyan rallied to take the lead. The Eagles got one run home ahead of a lineout double play. A pair of errors by the Coyotes ignited OKWU's rally as the Eagles scored five more times in the inning.

Herrera and Fordham had two hits each to lead the Coyotes on offense. Miranda Fogal (JR/Monticello, Ill.) had an outstanding start for the Coyotes, going five innings-plus, allowing three runs, only one earned on five hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts. The first seven outs recorded were via strikeout.

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the second game on Josie Buhr (JR/Buffalo, N.D.)'s RBI ground out, but OKWU posted single tallies in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to claim the 3-1 win.

Three different Coyotes had hits in the game. Jewell Henry (SR/Kingston, Okla.) tossed a complete game allowing three runs on seven hits, with five strikeouts.

KWU hosts No. 19 ranked Ottawa on Wednesday at Salina South High School.