Rich Tortorelli, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
OKLAHOMA CITY – Top-ranked Oklahoma City University crushed Bellevue (Neb.) 8-0 on Tuesday at Ann Lacy Stadium in the NAIA Softball Championship Opening Round Oklahoma City Bracket.
Georgia Wall, a sophomore from Marlow, Okla., fired her second no-hitter of the year for OCU. The Stars (63-1) face 16th-ranked Simpson (Calif.) at noon Wednesday in the tournament championship.
The defending national champion Stars can secure an NAIA Softball World Series berth with a win. Oklahoma City moved to 6-1 vs. ranked opponents this season. OCU will look for its 30th World Series appearance.
Wall shut down 23rd-ranked Bellevue for her third career no-hitter. Wall twirled a perfect game vs. Sterling (Kan.) on March 23 in Oklahoma City. She had her first no-hitter vs. Central Baptist (Ark.) on Feb. 26, 2016, in Fayetteville, Ark.
Sydney Robertson drew a walk with two outs in the third inning for Bellevue’s only runner vs. Wall. Wall retired the first eight hitters she faced and the final 10 Bellevue batters of the game. Wall (28-0) racked up eight strikeouts with a walk in six innings.
The Stars’ Madison Ellis pounded a two-run home run and knocked in four runs, while Stephanie Koishor nailed a solo homer. OCU tops the NAIA with 70 homers in 2017.
OCU scored two runs in the third. Jaci Smith drove in a run on a single to right field, and Ellis belted an RBI double along the third-base foul line.
In the fifth, Smith ripped a two-run double to right. Ellis hammered a two-run homer that cleared the left-center field wall.
Koishor’s homer cleared the scoreboard in left in the sixth. Ellis lined a run-scoring double to left-center.
Ellis, a senior from Yukon, Okla., turned in a 3-for-4 game with a run scored and four RBIs for OCU. Samantha Stallbaumer, a sophomore from Haven, Kan., went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a stolen base, while Smith, a sophomore from Godley, Texas, was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a steal and three RBIs. Kali Pugh, a senior from Vista, Calif., went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
NAIA Championship Opening Round
Oklahoma City Bracket
At Oklahoma City
Ann Lacy Stadium
All Times CDT
Bellevue (Neb.) 2, Simpson (Calif.) 1
Oklahoma City 9, Kansas Wesleyan 0
Oklahoma City 8, Bellevue 0
Simpson 11, Kansas Wesleyan 2, Kansas Wesleyan eliminated
Simpson 7, Bellevue 0, Bellevue eliminated
Game 6: Simpson at Oklahoma City, noon
Game 7: If necessary, 3 p.m.