Jackie Hilterbran's perfect game fuels Lady Evangels rout of Rogers State 8-0 to earn doubleheader split
Posted by Ray Fink - Tue, Apr. 24, 2012 - [ Softball ] - Viewed 236 times
OKLAHOMA CITY -- With Brittany Prandy, Ashlee Dodson and Ashtin Simeroth going a combined 13-of-19 at the plate in their final home games at Mid-America Christian University, it was a freshman that made sure they went out a winner as Jackie Hilterbran pitched her first career perfect game to lead the Lady Evangels to an 8-0 rout of the Rogers State Hillcats in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon (Apr. 24). The Hillcats slipped by the Lady Evangels 4-3 in the opener. Dodson is listed on the roster as a junior but will graduate early and not return.
Dodson was 3-of-3 in the nightcap and Prandy went 2-of-3 with three RBI to power the Lady Evangels to the doubleheader split.
The Lady Evangels wasted little time getting going in the second game as Dodson led off with a single and scored on a two-run double by Prandy. Senior Autumn Lawrence followed that with an RBI single that scored fellow senior Ashtin Simeroth for the third run of the inning. Prandy then stole home on a double steal for a 4-0 lead.
After another RBI double by Prandy scored Erica Love in the third inning to put the Lady Evangels up by five runs, MACU put it away in the fifth as an RBI single by Love and a two-run single from Simeroth made it 8-0.
Hilterbran then finished off her gem by retiring the Hillcats in the fifth to end the game on the run rule. She struck out one over her flawless five innings and needed just 43 pitches and 54 minutes to complete the victory.
Hilterbran also helped her own cause at the plate by going 2-of-3 with two runs scored.
The Lady Evangels also got off to a good start in the first game as Simeroth doubled home Dodson for an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
It was 1-1 heading into the fourth when a two-run single by Kaitlin McCool keyed a three-run inning that gave the Hillcats a three-run advantage.
The Lady Evangels clawed back with a run in the sixth and then came within 4-3 after Hilterbran doubled with two outs in the seventh and scored on a single by Simeroth. But a groundout to short ended the rally as the Hillcats hung on for the win.
Simeroth fueled the Lady Evangels offensively in the opener with a 3-of-4 effort at the plate and two RBI. Hilterbran and Love had two hits apiece.
McCool and Katrina Loy each drove in two runs for the Hillcats to back Laura Fleck's seven inning win. Fleck allowed three runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts.
MACU starter Amber Tinney also gave up three earned runs over seven innings and struck out two.
The Lady Evangels will next play a non-conference game at NCAA D-II Central Oklahoma on Thursday afternoon (Apr. 26) at 3 p.m. in Edmond, Okla. The game is set to be played at Edmond North HS.