OKC ends AUM’s bid for three-peat National Championship

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (aumathletics.com)  —— The No. 2 ranked and No. 2 seeded Auburn Montgomery softball finished fourth in the 36th annual NAIA Softball World Series after falling to No. 1 ranked and No. 1 seeded Oklahoma City University 4-3 after a three-run seventh inning.

NOTES                      
• The Warhawks finished the season 53-8, a mark which set a program record for most wins in a season.
• The Stars improved to 64-3 on the year, and advanced to play Southeastern.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS
• Sophomore Rose Schmidt led the Warhawks finishing 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI double and a run scored.
• Junior Sarah Angulo was the only other Warhawk to add an RBI on the day, and added a walk in the game.
• Senior Kayla Hale added the other hit on a single through the left side in the bottom of the seventh.
• Senior Taylor Powell finished the season 35-5, but picked up seven strikeouts in her appearance in the circle.
• Madison Ellis led the way for Oklahoma City finishing the game 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a double and a triple.

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Oklahoma City struck first in the top of the first inning with two runs on three hits. An Ellis single to right scored both Pugh and Holasek for an early 2-0 lead for the Stars.
• AUM only had two baserunners until the bottom of the seventh.
• Oklahoma City added two additional runs on three hits once again in the top of the sixth inning. A Joyner double scored Ellis, and a fielder’s choice from Koishor scored Joyner to make the score 4-0.
• After two quick outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Warhawks picked up their first hit of the afternoon on a Hale single through the left side. A Schmidt double plated Ragland, and an error allowed both Henderson and Schmidt to score.
• The Warhawks trailed 4-3 with two outs and the tying run on first, but a deep fly ball to center field was caught to end the rally and the season for AUM, giving the 4-3 decision to Oklahoma City.

UP NEXT
• The Warhawks finish the season 53-8, and the seniors on the team became the winningest class in program history. The team this season also won the Gulf Shores Invitational for the first time as well as the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament.