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Lady Bison Sweep MACU

February 27, 2008

Beach (3-3) tossed a two-hit shutout in the opener without issuing a walk. Avilla tossed 5.2 innings of one-hit shutout relief in the second game to allow the Lady Bison to come back for a win.

"Sonya did a good job of pitching for us in the first game," said OBU coach Pam Fink. "And we got exactly what we needed from Alicia in the second game - a chance to come back."

The Lady Bison broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning of the opener when freshman Alyssa Henkes came through with a two-out, two-run triple.

OBU had five hits in the first game, including two by Jami Pate. Pate and Kaley Dickerson had a double each in the game.

OBU fell behind early and often in the second game, allowing an unearned run in the first.

The Lady Bison took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI ground out by Dickerson and a two-run double by Jayme Boyer.

The Evangels scored five runs in the top of the second on two OBU errors and a grand slam by Alesha Calvery. Avilla (2-1) came in and finished the inning and allowed one hit and no walks the rest of the way.

The Lady Bison took the lead back in the fifth with three MACU errors to go with an RBI triple by Brooke Stevens, an RBI single by Bobbi Day and an RBI fielders choice by Pate.

OBU tacked on four more in the sixth on an RBI single by Dickerson, a two-run home run by Stevens and an RBI ground out by Vanessa Fortune.

The Lady Bison had 14 hits in the game, led by Stevens and Beach with three each and Henkes with two. Every OBU starting hitter got at least a single in the game, with Boyer, Henkes and Brittney Day adding doubles.

Stevens lacked only a double of hitting for the cycle.

Now 2-0 in the SAC and 7-4 overall, the Lady Bison head to Olathe, Kan., this weekend to compete in the Mid-America Nazarene University Tournament.

MACU dipped to 0-4 overall and 0-4 in the SAC.