OKLAHOMA CITY — Unable to generate any offense, No. 6 Northeastern A&M dropped a 4-1 decision to 13th-rated Seminole State College Thursday afternoon in the Women's Division I Region II Championship at Ann Lacy Stadium on the campus of Oklahoma City University.
“I'm very proud of the way our girls competed,” Lady Norse head coach Eric Iverson said. “We just couldn't put any hits together when we needed it.
“After all, these girls won 53 games, so you can't find too much to be disappointed about,” Iverson said. “We just didn't win the two games we needed to in this tournament.
Stretching out over seven days because of three rain-outs, the tournament shifted from the Don Porter/ASA Hall of Fame Complex to OCU after the Lady Stars won their 12th Sooner Athletic Conference crown on Monday.
The Hall of Fame complex’s four fields were hosting the Big XII Conference softball tournament on Thursday.
The top-seeded Lady Norse finish 53-6 while the Belles (49-10) travel to the NJCAA National Tournament May 14-18 at St. George, Utah.
Sophomore All-American pitcher Stephanie Glass of Depew completed the Seminole four-game sweep of the tournament by limiting the Lady Norse to one run on four hits. Glass is 29-5 on the season after recording five strikeouts and two walks.
The Belles grabbed a 2-0 lead off Lady Norse starter Maria Buckingham in the top of the second inning. After Megan Whitmire walked, Sam Vrska doubled high off the right-center field wall.
Glass reached on a fielder’s choice to fill the bases. Keanan Prestridge singled to left-center scoring both Whitmire and Vrska.
Seminole shortstop Katie Campbell was hit by a pitch to start the top of the third inning. Whitmire bounced into a fielder’s choice. Following a single by Vrska that sent Buckingham to the dugout and brought in Taylor Rolland, Glass hit a sacrifice fly to right scoring Whitmire for a 3-0 cushion.
With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, freshman first baseman Maddelyn Fraley drilled a 2-2 pitch over the right-center field wall for her 17th home run to create a 3-1 deficit.
Second baseman Courtne St. Clair hit her fourth homer of the year to lead off the top of the seventh inning for Seminole’s final run.
“Maria didn’t pitch bad, but we thought we’d throw Taylor so that we would have Kalleigh (Chrz) fresh for the second game,” Iverson said. “We just didn’t make the plays when we had to.”
Fraley contributed a homer and single while Lauren Iverson and Cara Dearmore added base hits.
With the loss Buckingham finishes 11-2 on the season.
Vrska collected a double and two singles while St. Clair added a double and home run along with singles by Prestridge and Brooke Walters for the Belles.
Monty Franks, 542-5533, ext. 3054