Fifth ranked WBC Lady Eagles sweep Park and split with Columbia

From Williams Baptist College

The Williams Baptist College softball squad faced a tough weekend and came away with three wins.  The fifth ranked Lady Eagles faced 21st ranked Park University on Friday before playing Columbia College on Saturday.  WBC swept the Pirates at Parkville, Mo., before splitting with the Cougars in Columbia, Mo.

Karisa Hendrix was the star in game one against the 21st ranked Pirates, pitching a 10-inning complete game shutout.   She struck out nine batters and only allowed one Park batter to reach second base on three hits.

Lauren Sweeten and Shelby Anderson provided the offense as the Lady Eagles scored both runs in the top of the 10th inning.  The duo combined to go 5-for-7 from the plate with three walks.

Despite going down 1-0 in the first inning in game two, Williams fought back, scoring five unanswered runs as it won 5-1.  Shelby Anderson had the Pirates hitters off balance from the circle, earning a complete game to get the victory.

Kirsten Gipson hit a two-run home run to spark WBC's offense.  Brittany Merritt added two RBI's on a 1-for-3 day from the plate.

Following the sweep of Park, WBC traveled to Columbia, Mo., on Saturday for its third and fourth games in two days.   The Cougars came into the game in sole possession of second place in the American Midwest Conference.

Columbia came out strong, scoring four unearned runs in the first inning of game one.  Once again, the Lady Eagles fought back, scoring six runs in the top of the fourth.  Three of the runs were courtesy of Gipson's three-run pinch hit home run, her second homer in as many games.  Whitney Woodard would add another pinch hit home run in the sixth to extend WBC's lead to 8-5.  Columbia would get one back in the seventh, but Hendrix slammed the door shut to give Williams the 8-6 lead.

The Lady Eagles dropped the second game of the doubleheader 3-5.  Anderson picked up the loss, throwing five innings, allowing three runs.

WBC's record sits at 35-3 overall and 15-1 in the AMC on the season.  The Lady Eagles are one game ahead of Columbia in the conference, and they will have a chance to clinch the team's fourth consecutive AMC regular season title on Tuesday, April 16.  They will travel to Fulton, Mo., and play a doubleheader against William Woods University.  The games begin at 1 p.m.