COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Odessa opens season with doubleheader sweep
Jan 26, 2013 (Odessa American - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Odessa College softball team started the 2013 season off with a bang Friday at Lady Wrangler Field, sweeping Cisco College in an opening day doubleheader.
Sophomore Morgan Colburn hit three home runs in all, two coming in Game 1 to power the Lady Wranglers (2-0) to a 6-3 win.
In the second game, freshman Ciarra Galindo connected for a walk-off shot in the bottom of the seventh to give Odessa College a 6-5 victory. It was Galindo's second home run of the doubleheader.
"It's definitely a start," OC head coach Joel Prickett said after picking up the pair of wins. "We showed our youth and struggled a little bit defensively, but I think our hitters showed that we're going to be able to hit with some people."
Colburn's first long ball started off the second inning of the first game and put the Lady Wranglers out to a 1-0 lead. They never looked back.
Fellow returnees Kaylyn Archuleta and Kristyn Rogers combined to drive in three more runs before Colburn would strike again with another solo shot in the bottom of the fifth.
"When I'm up in the box, I have the mindset that I'm the best hitter in the world," Colburn said. "It just felt right today and I was really connecting with the ball."
Galindo, who hit one off the scoreboard to account for the Lady Wranglers' final run in the first game, also accounted for the last run in the second game after Cisco had taken the lead.
"I just wanted to go up there and hit," Galindo said. "I wasn't expecting a home run, but I'm very excited I got it. It felt really great to help the team. Even though we were down, we didn't give up."
Cisco had rallied back to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the third inning, when Game 1 hero Colburn evened the score 3-3 with a towering shot.
Colburn's final blast of the day was by far the longest, almost hitting the fire station which sits directly behind the left-field fence at Lady Wrangler Field.
"It's the farthest I've seen one hit in a while," Prickett said. "Morgan is solid, and when she's seeing it, she's seeing it. And she loves the limelight, which is what you want from your big hitters."
Freshman Kenya Buckley put the Lady Wranglers ahead 4-3 with a RBI double in the bottom of the fourth before Cisco rallied once again for two runs in the top of the sixth off freshman pitcher Janessa Flynn.
Flynn bounced back to record all three outs in the top of the seventh -- a strikeout, a nicely fielded comebacker and a line drive -- before Galindo's homer won it in the bottom half.
Sophomore Rachel Thompson picked up the complete game victory in Game 1 for the Lady Wranglers.
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