No. 23 Warriors Open Season with Three Wins, Including Upset of No. 1 Oklahoma City

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – After a handful of games were canceled due to winter weather, Midland University’s softball team finally was able to get outside and get some games in this past weekend as they traveled to Grand Prairie, Texas for four neutral-site games. The Warriors played three games on Friday and once more on Saturday, going 3-1 with an impressive win over No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University to finish the road trip. The win over the Stars is the first win over a top-ranked opponent in program history.

In the season opener, Midland took on (RV) York College and came away with a 9-7 win. Offensively the Warriors were led by Angela Brazil who went 3-4 with and homerun and 3 RBI. Katlin Anders and Sierra Athow also had multiple hit games with two and three hits respectively while Shelbi Larson had a pair of RBI as well. Madison Plummer picked up the win, going 4.2 innings while allowing 5 earned runs to go with one strikeout. Hailee Fliam earned the save with 2.1 innings of relief work while allowing no earned runs.

In the middle game of day one the Warriors fell to (RV) Tabor College by a score of 3-1. The offense couldn’t get much going against the Blue Jays’ starter that went the distance. Midland’s lone run came in the 5th inning when Anders doubled to centerfield and drove home Tessa Kinart. Hailee Fliam was saddled with the loss in her first collegiate start.

The offense rebounded in the third game of the day against (RV) Ottawa University though with eight runs in an 8-0 shutout victory. Jaylee Hinrichs, who a season ago was an NAIA Second-Team All-American, took to the circle for the first time this spring and picked right up from where she was in 2018. She went 5.0 innings and struck out 10 Braves and allowed just 2 hits.

Offensively for Midland six different players had multi-hit games and three players had multiple runs batted in. Athow, Anders, Bobbie Singleton, and Briana Brabec all had two hits apiece while Andrea Cespedes had three hits in the game. Cespedes and Athow both had two RBI as well while Singleton drove in three runs.

On Saturday in the finale against No. 1 Oklahoma City, Hinrichs was once again solid inside the circle. In a complete 7.0 innings, she allowed no runs, struck out nine batters, and gave up three hits. Athow and Singleton each had an RBI for the Warriors as they broke through for a run in the third and the fifth innings against the Stars.

Midland was scheduled to travel to Ottawa for a doubleheader this upcoming weekend but with all the snow that is still on the ground in the region, those games were canceled. The Warriors will likely hit the field next in the warmth of Arizona during Spring Break. Their first game down in Tucson is slated for Thursday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m. (MT). In total the Warriors will play 10 games during the trip.

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