French goes deep twice as Cameron moves to 9-0

Cameron Athletics
Kenton Means

EDMOND – The Cameron softball team continued their hot start to the 2022 season on Saturday by beating Fort Hays State 7-4 and Missouri Southern 9-4 to move to 9-0 on the season.

Cameron opened their second weekend of the season with an 11-4 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday. They followed that up with a pair of big wins at the Edmond Festival to keep their perfect start to the season rolling.

Against Fort Hays State, the Aggies answered a second inning homer by the Tigers with six runs in the bottom of the third inning. Khmari Edwards, Kylie French, and Maci McMurtrey all had RBI hits while Haley Castle topped the inning off with a three-run homer.

CU added their seventh run of the game on a French long-ball in the fifth. FHSU scored two runs in the sixth and then one more in seventh, but it was not enough to stop the Aggies’ streak.

French was 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while Breley Webb also had two hits and Castle drove in the three runs for CU, who totaled eight hits as a team.

Jocelyn Bright earned her third win of the season, going 5.1 innings and giving up just two hits and two earned runs. She struck out four FHSU batters while Josie Swafford struck out on while giving up two hits and a run during her 1.2 innings in relief.

Cameron carried their hot bats into the first inning against Missouri Southern, scoring three runs with Edwards, French, and Webb all providing RBI hits.

MSSU answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame, but CU came back in the fourth as French hit her second homer of the day, driving in three runs, and Karis Clark added a RBI single, putting the Aggies up 7-4.

Swafford delivered a RBI single in the sixth and then freshman catcher Kaiden Boren brought home the ninth run in the form of Ashlynn Bruce on a double in the seventh.

Swafford, who took over in the circle one-out into the first, shut down the Lions in the final 6.1 innings of the game. She gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out seven for her fifth win of the year.

French continued her impressive day with a 2-4 showing, driving in four runs and scoring two. Edwards, Webb, Swafford, and Boren all had two hits as well with Mikayla Richmond, and Edwards each scoring twice also. Cameron totaled 13 hits as a team.

Cameron wraps up their stretch of five-game stretch in Edmond on Sunday, facing their biggest test against Rogers State at 12:45 p.m. before closing out the weekend against host Central Oklahoma at 3 p.m.

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