OKLAHOMA CITY (April 13, 2013) – No. 3 Lubbock Christian University took a big step forward towards claiming a Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title and placed their magic number at two games, as the Lady Chaparrals claimed a 15-4 and 5-4 win Saturday to sweep a SAC doubleheader against No.6 Oklahoma City University at Ann Lacy Stadium.
LCU used 18 hits to score 15 runs to defeat the Stars in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. Latainna Eltsosie was 4-for-5 with two runs and five runs-batted-in. The Lady Chaps wasted no time as the bats were hot to begin the game. They put five runs off six hits and one error and left three runners on base to begin the first inning. McKenzie Clemmons, Mallory Koschany, Courtney McGee, Lauren Hardin and Stephanie Rendon each scored runs in the first inning before the Stars came to bat. The Stars answered with three runs off three hits and one error leaving two runners on base to make the score 5-3 after the first inning. LCU was able to add two runs in the second inning, one run in the third, and three runs in the fourth taking an 11-4 lead over the Stars. The Lady Chaps were able to tack on four more runs in the seventh inning off four hits, while the Stars had nothing to answer. Courtney McGee, Ashton Bell and Latainna Eltsosie each hit a home run in the contest.
Katera Eltsosie stayed solid in the circle improving her record to 22-4 pitching seven innings. She allowed eight hits giving the Stars four runs and now has a 1.20 ERA. Jamie Rateliff pitched two innings earning the loss for the Stars giving her a 14-1 record on the season. Rachel Penner was in the circle the remainder of the game. Each Stars pitcher gave up nine hits.
In game two, LCU was down to their last three outs trailing OCU 4-3 in the seventh inning. Courtney McGee and Stephanie Rendon each scored for the Lady Chaps, Stars third baseman Drew Wright committed two errors in the inning. Katera Eltsosie came into the circle for Courtney McGee with runners on first and third base and no outs, but was able to get out of the jam to seal the 5-4 win. LCU had 10 hits and one error, while OCU had eight hits along with three errors in the game. Rendon had a two-run home run in the fourth inning to put the Lady Chaps on the board. The Lady Chaps were able to get one run in the sixth inning before scoring two runs in the seventh to give them the lead.
Courtney McGee gets the win in the circle to remain perfect on the year at 13-0, while Katera Eltsosie earned the save. Rateliff fell for the second time on the season moving her record to 14-2, with both of her season losses coming against LCU.
LCU is now 44-7 overall and 18-2 in SAC play, dropping Oklahoma City to 36-10 overall and 12-4 in conference play. The Lady Chaps will return home and host Mid-America Christian University in a four-game series beginning Friday.