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Coach Patti Buchta has taken the Lady Oaks women's softball team to the National Tournament on six occasions, finishing second as NCCAA National Runner-Up in 1997 and fifth in 1998. Their last appearance was in 2016. Coach Buchta's players have received numerous national awards for academic excellence and athletic ability.

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Mighty Oaks Softball Takes Runner-Up in NCCAA Mideast Regional Tournament; Await Possible At-Large Bid to Nationals

After splitting the opening day of the 2018 NCCAA Mideast Regional Tournament, defeating Alice Lloyd Colege, then losing to Belhaven University, the Mighty Oaks softball team needed three straight wins to take the region title.

A rematch of the tournament's opening game finished with the Oaks scoring the game's final nine runs, as OCU came from behind to defeat the Eagles of Alice Lloyd College (Pippa Passes, KY) 12-4. Caitlin Huff went 2-3 at the plate with a walk and a homerun, her first of the year, scoring twice, with two runs batted in. Lauren Stone was 2-2, with a walk and a double, and scored twice. Lexi Newcom went 2-3, with a double and a walk, four RBI and a run scored, while Whitney Jeffers was 1-2 at the dish with a walk, scored and drove in a run, while pitching two innings, allowing four runs, all earned, with three strikeouts. Valerie Lewis picked up with pitching victory, throwing three innings, allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeoues.

The win moved the Oaks into the championship round, where they needed to beat the Blazers of Belhaven University (Jackson, MS) twice to take the double-elimination tournament title. After falling behind 4-0 after three innings, and 5-1 after four, OCU plated four runs in the fifth, taking a 6-5 lead. The Blazers scored in the bottom of the fifth, and the Oaks responded with two in the top of the sixth, giving OCU the win, 7-6.

Lewis went a perfect 4-4 at the plate, with a double, two RBI, and a run scored. Stone was 3-4, with a double and an RBI, while Huff went 2-4, with a double and two RBIs. Newcom was also 2-4, with two runs scored, while Lauren Morton went 2-3 with a walk. Bre Scheberle had one hit, a double, in four tries, with a runs scored and another batted in. Jeffers was 1-4 at the plate, with an RBI, while pitching a complete game, allowing six runs, three earned, on 10 hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

The win by Oakland City forced a winner-take-all game between the Blazers and the Oaks, with the victor claiming the automatic berth in the NCCAA National Tournament, held in Roanoke, Virginia.

After giving up three runs in the first three innings, OCU responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third to even the game at 3-3. Belhaven responded with a three-run top of the fourth innings, followed by two OCU runs in the bottom half, and one more in the fifth to again level the score at 6-6. The Blazers again fought back, plating four runs in the top half of the sixth inning, and the Oaks were unable to respond, as six of the final seven OCU batters were retired.

Newcom was 2-3, with a double and a walk, three runs batted in, and a run scored, while Lewis was 2-3, with a walk and an RBI. Stone was also 2-3, scoring a run, while Reagan Hensley went 1-3, with a walk and two runs scored. Huff doubled off the wall in the final inning, going 1-3, while Anna Orsburn had a double and a run scored, going 1-3 as well. Scheberle also was 1-3, and reachd on a hit by pitch. Jeffers had an RBI, while pitching five and a third innings, allowing 10 runs, eight earned, on 15 hits and one strikeout, while Lewis threw the final inning and two-thirds, giving up one hit.

The Mighty Oaks will now have to wait until regional play has completed to find out if they are given at at-large selection to compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament. OCU holds a record of 18-13, and is ranked 10th in the NCCAA Division 1.

Jeffers Throws Perfect Games as OCU Softball Splits Opening Day of NCCAA Mideast Regional Tournament

The Oakland City University softball team played host to the National Christian College Athletic Association Mideast Regional Tournament, held at East Gibson Girls' Softball League Field, in Oakland City, Indiana.

In the opening game, the second seeded Mighty Oaks took on the third ranked Eagles of Alice Lloyd College. Whitney Jeffers, senior pitcher from Clay City, Indiana, completed a perfect game for the Oaks, as OCU won 8-0. Valerie Lewis went 2-3 at the plate, picking up one RBI, while Lexi Newcom had one hit in three at bats, with two RBI. Jeffers and Anna Orsburn each went 1-3, with a walk and two runs scored each. Reagan Hensley, Lauren Morton, Bre Scheberle and Lauren Stone each scored once for OCU, while Morton, Stone and Caitlin Huff each had an RBI in the win. As a team, OCU went 6-23 at the plate, with eight walks, reached four times on hit by pitches, had three strikeouts, and scored eight runs, with six batted in. Jeffers had nine strikeouts, while facing the minimum on the rubber, needing just 57 pitches to complete the game, as the Eagles going 0-18 at the plate.

The Oaks then advanced to take on the Blazer of Belhaven University, holding the region's top seed. OCU was unable to get the bats going in the second game, losing 6-0. Hensley went 2-3 at the plate, while Newcom and Huff each went 1-3, and Shay Harrington came in the pinch hit, going 1-1. Lewis pitched a complete game for the Oaks, giving up six runs, three earned, on five hits, with one walk and one strikeout.

In day two action, the Oaks will again face Alice Lloyd in the consolation finals, with the winner moving on to the championship game against Belhaven. If Belhaven loses the first championship game, a rematch will need to be played in order to complete the double-elimination bracket. The winner of the tournament will advance to the NCCAA National Tournament.

 

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May 14, 2016 - Mighty Oaks Softball Take NCCAA Mid-West Region Championship; Advances to National Tournament

Under the direction of head coach Patti Buchta, now in her 25th season at the helm, the Oakland City University Mighty Oaks softball team rode through an up and down season, finding their stride just in time for post season play. After an opening round victory in the NCCAA Mid-West Regional tournament, beating Grace College 8-6, OCU fell to Indiana Wesleyan University 5-2. Facing Grace again in for the Regional Championship, the Oaks proved up to the task, winning 7-3. The win gave OCU their sixth berth in the NCCAA National Championship Tournament, where they have finished as runner-up in both 1997 and 1998.

The Oaks will bring a record of 15-19 into tournament play, as OCU earned the eight seed in the championship field. Behind four-year starting short stop Jaycee Parke, who leads the team in batting average (.436), runs scored (36), hits (51), triples (2),  total bases (73), slugging percentage (.624), and walks (15), three-year starting center fielder Cheyenne Reinig, with team bests in at bats (120), doubles (14), runs batted in (32), and sacrifices (7), as well as six other players who are hitting over .315 on the year, including Megan Klees (.343), Bailey Gilbert (.343), Corbin McCrary (.337), Kayley Main (.325), Lauren Morton (.320), and Bre Huff (.317), the Mighty Oaks have hit the ball well all season long, outscoring their opponents 189-188, despite the losing record.

The OCU pitching staff have shown combined for a 4.88 earned run average, with 91 strikeouts and 31 walks. Junior Whitney Jeffers has a team-best 3.61 ERA, with 87 1/3 innings pitched, allowing 45 earned runs, with 41 strikeouts and only nine walks. Classmate Amanda Schmitt carries a 4.71 ERA, in 81 2/3 innings of work, allowing 55 earned runs, with 33 strikeouts and 13 walks.

May 4, 2015 - OCU Softball Drops Two Games at NCCAA Mid-West Regional Tournament

The OCU softball team traveled to Cedarville, Ohio, for the 2015 National Christian College Athletic Association Mid-West Regional Tournament, hosted by Cedarville University.

In game one, the Oaks faced the Lancers of Grace College, losing 8-0. Whitney Jeffers started the game for OCU, lasting just two innings, giving up four runs, all earned, on six hits. Amanda Schmitt pitched the final two innings, also allowing four earned runs, on four hits, with one strikeout. Laramy Parke picked up a double in the first inning and Bre Huff added a single in the third, as OCU managed just two hits in the game.

Game two saw OCU fall behind Cedarville University 2-0 after the third inning. The Oaks put two runs on the board in the top of the sixth, but Cedarville came back and scored two in the bottom of the frame. When OCU failed to score in the seventh, the final score became 4-2 in favor of the Yellow Jackets. Amanda Schmitt pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, two earned, on 12 hits and a walk. Megan Klees and Corbin McCrary each went 2-3 at the plate in the game. Kayley Main and Bailey Gilbert scored for the Oaks, while Corbin McCrary and Kristen Barrell each had an RBI.

March 28, 2013 - Lady Oaks Softball Team Earns Fifth Place Ranking in NCCAA Division I

The Oakland City University softball team, carrying a record of 7-3, moved into the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Softball national rankings this week, coming in at number five. (NCCAA Top 10)

The top three spots were unchanged from last week, as Bethel College (6-0) remained in the top spot, while Olivet Nazarene University (15-1) and Shorter University (24-4) retained their positions. Hope International University (19-11) moved from ninth to fourth, followed by OCU (7-3). Simpson University (21-11) dropped from fourth to sixth, followed by Nyack College (4-3) at seventh, their first week in the rankings, and Campbellsville University (20-8), who dropped one spot to finish in eighth. Indiana Wesleyan University (12-5) fell from the fifth position into ninth, with Judson University (11-5) moving into the rankings at tenth.

The Lady Oaks will look to improve on their record on Friday, March 29, when they travel to Mayfield, Kentucky, to take on Mid-Continent University. Their double header is scheduled for a 12:00 start.

April 18, 2012 - 2011-12 Season Photos

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Pictured, Front Row L-R: Amanda Braunecker, Megan Pennington, Alayna Super, Aimee Farhar, Carissa Embry, Kiersten Harville. Back Row L-R: Kim Flint, Katie Harmon, Shelbie Leachman, Felicia Virdin, Emily Jones, Brittney Benefiel, Kerrie Thompson, Emily Sullivan, Paige Elpers, Veronica Clark, Patti Buchta.

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OCU Women's Softball Team on Think Pink Day.

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Graduating trio of Brittney Benefiel, Emily Jones (8) and Felicia Virdin (9).

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Coach Buchta with Jada, the team's unofficial mascot.

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Kerrie Thompson stealing second base, a regular occurrence this season.

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Senior pitcher Emily Jones sending it home.

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Shelbie Leachman makes a play in the outfield.

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Sophomore Aimee Farhar takes a cut.

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Kerrie Thompson fields a grounder.

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Senior Emily Sullivan winds up to throw heat.

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Freshman infielder Alayna Super.

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Aimee Farhar framing a strike.

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Jada.

March 27, 2012 - Softball Takes Two Against Crowley's Ridge College

The Lady Oaks doubled their season total in the wins column today by sweeping a double header against the Lady Pioneers of Crowley's Ridge College, winning 3-2 in game one and 4-0 in the second contest.

Emily Jones pitched a complete game in the opening contest, giving up two earned runs on five hits while walking five batters and striking out three. Felicia Virdin hit a two run home run in the bottom of the first inning, while Emily Sullivan drove in the other run for the Oaks. Sullivan, Virdin and Jones scored for the victorious home team, while Sullivan and Shelbie Leachman each went 2-3 at the plate in the game.

In game two, Emily Sullivan pitched a seven inning shutout, giving up just three hits, walking five batters and striking out nine. After battling through five innings with no score, OCU broke out when Carissa Embry singled, followed by an RBI two out double by Sullivan. The sixth inning saw Aimee Farhar drive in Brittney Benefiel, who had reached on a walk. After Megan Pennington walked, Kerrie Thompson drove in both Farhar and Pennington with a triple. Sullivan sat down the Lady Pioneers in order in the seventh to round out the best day OCU has had this season.

Next up for the Lady Oaks is a double header against Brescia University on Friday, March 30. Game time is set for 3:30 PM CST.

March 21, 2012 - Lady Oaks Softball Drops Two Games Against Kentucky Wesleyan College

The Lady Oaks continue to struggle as they deal with numerous injuries, losing two games to Kentucky Wesleyan College and dropping to 2-10 on the year.

Game one saw Emily Sullivan take the mound, while Felicia Virdin pitched in relief. The Oaks lost game one 13-2, while game two's result was 9-0 in favor of the visiting Panthers. Emily Jones started the second game.

May 6, 2010 - Lady Oaks Win Regional Championship, Advance to National Tournament

Mayfield, KY - The Oakland City University Softball team held on to win the regional championship, beating Covenant 5-4 in thrilling fashion. The Lady Oaks held the lead the entire game after scoring one run, but leaving the bases loaded, in the first inning.

Katie Harmon pitched a complete game, giving up ten hits but allowing only four runs, all earned, while striking out two and walking three. Sarah Bonnet hit her first homerun of the season, leading off the fourth inning and Kelsey Davis added to her school record single season homerun tally, blasting her 13th of the season, a solo shot hit to deep left-center field during the fifth inning.

Covenant College ended their season with a record of 13-29 after losing their first 23 games of the year. Each of the starters for the Lady Oaks had a hit to help the Lady Oaks improve to 21-24 and advance to the National Christian College Athletic Association Division 1 Softball National Championship Tournament hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, May 13-15.

Kelsey Davis, Kerrie Thompson, Kyndal Thompson, and Falon DeVore were each named to the All-Region Team, along with King College's Stephanie Mueller, Shauna Haga, Danielle Zimmerman and Emily Bennett, Mid-Continent University's Jackie Lloyd, Kelly Fougerousse and Victoria Spindor, Ohio Christian University's Courtney Schilling and Covenant College's Christine Core, Kim Cuticchia and Chelsea Krafft.

May 5, 2010 - Lady Oaks Win Game One at Regionals

The Lady Oaks took their opening regional game against Mid-Continent University by the score of 3-2 on May 4, advancing to play in the regional semifinal game today, May 5, against Covenant College at 10:00 am. If the Lady Oaks can win their 10:00 game, they will play for the regional championship at 2:00. If they lose the first game, they will play at 12:00 to try to steal the last spot in the finals, where they would have to win twice to win the double-elimination tournament and advance to the NCCAA D-I National Tournament, held at Palm Beach Atlantic University.