Softball defeats Creighton, Tulsa; improves to 4-0

After a full day of softball Saturday, the Shockers improved their record to 4-0, defeating Creighton University and the University of Tulsa.

The Shockers won 5-1 in game one against Creighton.

“The first game went really well,” head coach Kristi Bredbenner said. “We came out swinging and pushed for more runs, and the defense was great, too.”

The Shockers took advantage early with a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but the Shockers wouldn’t score again until the fifth and sixth innings to bring their winning score to 5-1.

Junior Macklin Hitz had a solo homerun on her only at-bat for the game.

“I just want to stay consistent and focused,” she said. “I just want to keep getting better each week.”

After a second game between Creighton and Tulsa, the Shockers won against the University of Tulsa 9-5.

With only three at-bats in game two, redshirt sophomore Paige Luellen scored two runs on two hits with three RBIs.

“Well, I’m just now coming back from surgery with an ACL tear last season,” Luellen said. “I’m still getting comfortable with my new swing, but I’m in a good place.”

Junior Macklin Hitz and Luellen are from Tulsa, which made the victory feel like a little more than just another win.

“The assistant coach is one of my old coaches, and one of my best friends from high school goes to school there,” Luellen said. “I wanted to go, too, but beating them shows them what they’re missing.”

The Shockers are preparing for their next game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Wilkins Stadium against the Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragons.

“I’m really confident in this team,” Hitz said. “I don’t think there is anyone this team can’t beat.”