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Softball still ranked after break

March 18, 1997

By Meghan Crona

Lariat Sports Reporter

Spring break is supposed to be a relaxing time for students, but for the nationally ranked Lady Bear softball team, it was time for work.

The Bears, who are ranked 22 in the nation, went 4-2 at the University of Oklahoma Sooner Invitational, March 7-9, and 4-4 at the Houston College Classic, March 15-16.

At the Sooner Invitational, the Bears were victorious over Stephen F. Austin, Wichita State and Notre Dame Universities, defeating the Irish twice. Pitchers Carrie Arn, a Vancouver, Wash., freshman, and Stacey Allison, a Houston sophomore, were credited with two victories apiece.

'Both of us getting two wins, gave the team a lot of confidence,' Arn said.

Against Stephen F. Austin, Allison pitched an exceptional game, coming away with the win and the shutout. Allison only allowed four hits for the entire seven innings and struck out three people.

The two losses that the Bears suffered came at the hands of two conference opponents. The Bears lost 9-1 to the University of Kansas Ladyhawks and 3-0 to the University of Oklahoma Sooners.

'This just gives us an idea of what the Big 12 Conference is about,' Arn said. 'If we play well next time we can definitely beat Kansas.'

The one run the Lady Bears posted against the Hawks was scored by Michelle Sorrells, an Edmond Okla., sophomore, after a hit from Bri Chambliss, a Stockton Calif., freshman.

In Houston, the Lady Bears won four games, including victories over Rutgers and Texas LutheranUniversities. Against Rutgers, Arn earned her eighth win of the season and her second shut out.

Kathy Schoettle, a Tuttle, Okla., sophomore, and Chambliss led the team in batting at the Houston tournament. Schoettle ended with .462 average for the tournament which included two doubles. Chambliss ended with .435 average with 10 hits, three doubles, two homeruns, and eight RBIs.

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