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Western Oklahoma take two from Frank Phillips

February 18, 2012

FPC Lady Plainsmen sophomore Christine Blankenship #7 reaches out to tag out the base runner for Western Oklahoma State College during game one on Friday afternoon. PHOTO BY DON RICE

On Friday afternoon, the Western Oklahoma State College Lady Pioneers made the trip from Altus, Okla., to take on the Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen in a two game series.
Both games saw good efforts from both teams, but Western Oklahoma had a few more breaks go their way to take both games 6-3 and 8-2.
(Game One) Western Oklahoma 6 Frank Phillips 3
In game one, the Lady Plainsmen won the hitting battle by coming up with eight hits compared to the Lady Pioneers’ seven. But the Lady Pioneers opened the game by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning, which proved to be the difference maker in their 6-3 win.
After going up 0-2, Taylor Case gave the Lady Pioneers a 0-4 lead by hitting a two-run homerun over the left field fence.
The Lady Plainsmen defense and sophomore pitcher Cheyenne Ford settled down after the first inning by spreading out six hits and three runs over the next six innings.
At the plate, it took until the fourth inning for the Lady Plainsmen to get a runner past second base.
In the top of the fourth inning, a RBI single by LeNae Sanchez gave the Lady Pioneers a 0-5 lead.
Finally in the bottom of the sixth inning the Lady Plainsmen put a couple of runs on the scoreboard, when Lucinda Ponce brought in Janelle Smith on a RBI double, followed by Ponce coming across the plate on a passed ball to make it a 2-5 game.
The Lady Plainsmen added one more run in the sixth inning off a sacrifice fly by Christina Florence to make it 3-5 going into the seventh inning.
Unfortunately, a late game comeback was not in store for the Lady Plainsmen, as the Lady Pioneers added one more run and kept the Lady Plainsmen scoreless in the seventh inning.
Despite doing a solid job on the mound, Ford would get the loss giving up seven hits and three earned runs, while striking out five batters.
(Game Two) Western Oklahoma 8 Frank Phillips 2
In game two, the Lady Plainsmen appeared to potentially be on the verge of getting a win, until the Lady Pioneers scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull away, 8-2.
The Lady Pioneers scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. However, the Lady Plainsmen responded in the bottom of the third inning with a RBI double by Arleen Alamanza and scoring a run on a double steal to take a 2-1 lead.
The score would stay 2-1 until the top of the fifth inning when Martha Thomas and Victoria Jones connected for RBI singles to give the Lady Pioneers a 2-4 lead.
Despite being down two runs, the Lady Plainsmen had hope for a final inning comeback with the middle of the line-up due to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Unfortunately, the Lady Pioneers stole any momentum for a Lady Plainsmen comeback by pulling away on a triple and two homeruns in the top of the seventh inning to make it a 2-8 score.
Ashley Abair received the loss on the mound for the Lady Plainsmen, giving up six earned runs on nine hits, while striking out three hitters.
The Lady Plainsmen drop to 1-5 on the season and will return to the field on Sunday hosting Western Nebraska Community College in a doubleheader beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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