FORT WORTH, Texas — The Lady Owls took control behind an eight-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning in their five-inning rout of the Lady Spires at the NAIA Cowtown Classic on Saturday morning.
William Woods University's final game of the season-opening tournament, scheduled against York (Nebraska) College on Saturday afternoon, was cancelled because of the weather.
The Lady Owls jumped on top with two runs in the first against Saint Mary, but the Lady Spires countered with three runs in the top of the second to take a 3-2 edge. William Woods regained the lead with two runs in the third and then broke the game open in the fourth.
Freshman right fielder Devyn Burton went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and a run scored as the Lady Owls piled up 13 hits. Junior center fielder Emma Walker finished 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and scored three times, while junior designated player Ari Arnold was 2-for-3 and scored two runs.
Junior first baseman Alli Massey went 1-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored for William Woods. Freshman catcher Bri Devellano finished 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and scored once, while junior third baseman Amanda Bouchey was also 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Senior starter Bre Logan earned the complete-game victory for the Lady Owls, giving up three earned runs while scattering two hits. Logan (2-0) struck out seven and issued three walks.
William Woods started tournament play Friday by going 1-2. The Lady Owls opened with a 5-2 win over Bacone (Oklahoma) College, were shut out by Avila University 3-0, and lost to Bethel (Kansas) College 14-9.
Bouchey went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored as William Woods totalled nine hits against Bacone. Massey finished 1-for-3 with two RBI and junior second baseman Dacrie Depping — a Fulton graduate — was 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Logan went the distance to log the victory, allowing two runs — one earned — on just four hits as the Lady Owls survived four errors. She struck out five and walked four.
Junior second baseman Emily Robinett and senior left fielder Lindsay Van Tress were both 2-for-3 as William Woods was blanked on seven hits against Avila.
Senior starter Allison Waskow tossed a complete game in taking the loss for the Lady Owls. Waskow surrendered three earned runs on nine hits and walked one.
Robinett finished 4-for-4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored as William Woods bowed despite out-hitting Bethel 14-10. Senior third baseman Jessica Bradfisch went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and scored once, while Devellano was 1-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored.
Burton finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Sophomore starter Madison Ausfahl — a North Callaway graduate — was tagged with the loss as the Lady Owls were dogged by six errors. Ausfahl gave up four runs — three earned — on four hits in just two innings, walked four and struck out one.
William Woods is scheduled to play its home opener with a doubleheader against Briar Cliff (Iowa) University at 1 p.m. Friday at Backer Sports Complex. The Lady Owls face Briar Cliff again at 11 a.m. next Saturday, followed by a matchup against Goshen (Indiana) College at 3 p.m.
William Woods then plays Briar Cliff and Goshen at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, next Sunday.