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Story by Richard Tortorelli, Oklahoma City Athletics
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University softball coach Phil McSpadden collected the milestone victory in the Stars’ 13-1, 8-0 sweep of Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) on Friday night at Ann Lacy Stadium.
McSpadden reached win No. 1,458 to move ahead of NCAA victory leader Margie Wright to hold the most wins against four-year schools of any college softball coach.
The OCU coach owns a 1,458-356 record in his 28th year. OCU has won eight national titles in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2007, while finishing national runner-up in 1993, 1999, 2010 and 2012 under McSpadden.
Wright led Illinois State and Fresno State to a 1,457-542-3 ledger from 1980-2012. Entering Friday, Mike Candrea sat third on the list with a 1,418-347-2 record in his 28th season with Arizona, while Carol Hutchins had a 1,406-469-4 record in her 32nd season coaching between Ferris State (Mich.) and Michigan.
Before a healthy gathering of OCU softball alumni who contributed to many of those wins over the years, the Stars, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, improved to 35-1, 12-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference this season.
"I could just go through a whole list of tremendous ball players that have helped us win ballgames, and in many cases, tremendous people who have supported us behind the scenes," McSpadden said.
On the night, Oklahoma City pounded four home runs among 18 hits, nine of which went for extra bases. In the record win, Maria Gomez and Abby Meador combined on a five-inning perfect game.
“We had an exciting turnout of alumni to support Coach in getting his 1,458 wins,” said Rounsaville, who nailed her 15th homer of the year in the first game.
Rounsaville kicked off the Stars’ scoring on the night by driving in Cheyanne Terry with a two-out base hit to left field in the first inning of the first game. Jamie Rateliff followed by blasting a two-run homer past the left-field wall.
Rounsaville struck for a three-run blast to left for a 9-0 second-inning OCU lead. Madison Ellis also hammered a two-run shot over the left-field wall.
Ellis smacked a solo blast to left in the third. Rounsaville added a two-run double, then Shelbi Legg had a run-scoring double to the left-center gap.
Rounsaville, a senior from Mustang, Okla., went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and six RBIs, while Ellis, a sophomore from Yukon, Okla., was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Maci-Brooke Lambert picked up the victory, moving to 9-0 on the year. Lambert, a senior from Healdton, Okla., allowed one run on three hits and a walk in three innings. Abby Meador set SAGU down in order in the final two innings while notching four strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Gomez, a senior from Yaracuy, Venezuela, fanned eight in four innings. Gomez (13-0) struck out the side in her last two innings. Meador, a freshman from Midwest City, Okla., retired the visitors in order in the fifth. Jocelin Diaz made a diving catch of Katelyn Veteto’s fly ball in center field for the final out.
Diaz, a senior from Maracay, Venezuela, went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three runs driven in, and Kyndra Holasek, a junior from Mustang, Okla., was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Diaz’ two-run homer to left put OCU ahead 7-0 after two innings.
The Stars will look to pad McSpadden’s win total against Texas Wesleyan in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday at Ann Lacy Stadium.
MCSPADDEN BY THE NUMBERS
8 national championships
4 national runner-up finishes
26 national-tournament appearances
23 consecutive national-tournament berths
18 50-win seasons
4 60-win seasons
69 career-high total of wins in 1999 for NAIA single-season record
8 national coach of the year awards
7 NFCA coaching staff of the year awards
5 national players of the year
3 national pitchers of the year
4 national catchers of the year
4 alumni who helped their country win Olympic softball medals
3 four-time all-Americans
13 CoSIDA academic all-Americans
38 NAIA scholar-athlete award winners
MILESTONE WINS FOR MCSPADDEN
Win No. 1: Oklahoma City 14, North Texas 4, Feb. 25, 1988 in Denton, Texas
Win No. 100: Oklahoma City 13, Boston College 1, March 7, 1990 in Houston
Win No. 200: Oklahoma City 13, Hofstra 5, March 14, 1992 in Tampa, Fla.
Win No. 300: Oklahoma City 11, Northeastern State 0, March 11, 1994 in Columbia, Mo.
Win No. 344: Oklahoma City 3, Athens State (Ala.) 1, May 21, 1994 in NAIA championship game at Columbia, Mo.
Win No. 393: Oklahoma City 3, Puget Sound (Wash.) 1, May 20, 1995 in NAIA championship game at Columbia, Mo.
Win No. 400: Oklahoma City 7, Nicholls State 6, Feb. 23, 1996 in Monroe, La.
Win No. 452: Oklahoma City 9, Shawnee State (Ohio) 1, May 18, 1996 in NAIA championship game at Decatur, Ala.
Win No. 500: Oklahoma City 11, Phillips 0, April 30, 1997 in sectional championship game at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City
Win No. 509: Oklahoma City 12, Athens State (Ala.) 0, May 17, 1997 in NAIA championship game at Decatur, Ala.
Win No. 600: Oklahoma City 10, Emporia State (Kan.) 0, March 20, 1999 in Emporia, Kan.
Win No. 700: Oklahoma City 7, Cornerstone (Mich.) 1, May 17, 2000 in NAIA Championships at Decatur, Ala.
Win No. 704: Oklahoma City 5, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 1, May 20, 2000 in NAIA championship game at Decatur, Ala.
Win No. 760: Oklahoma City 5, Simon Fraser (British Columbia) 3, May 22, 2001 in NAIA championship game at Decatur, Ala.
Win No. 800: Oklahoma City 3, William Jewell (Mo.) 0, April 19, 2002 at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City
Win No. 818: Oklahoma City 2, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 1, May 22, 2002 in NAIA championship game at Decatur, Ala.
Win No. 900: Oklahoma City 10, Friends (Kan.) 0, April 16, 2004 at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City
Win No. 1,000: Oklahoma City 5, Rogers State 0, April 4, 2006 in Claremore, Okla.
Win No. 1,050: Oklahoma City 9, Oklahoma Christian 0, April 5, 2007 at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City
Win No. 1,075: Oklahoma City 7, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 2, May 23, 2007 in NAIA championship game at Decatur, Ala.
Win No. 1,100: Oklahoma City 7, USAO 3, April 8, 2008 at Ann Lacy Stadium in Oklahoma City
Win No. 1,150: Oklahoma City 9, Southern Nazarene 5, April 7, 2009 at Ann Lacy Stadium in Oklahoma City
Win No. 1,200: Oklahoma City 3, St. Gregory’s 0, April 8, 2010 in Shawnee, Okla.
Win No. 1,250: Oklahoma City 12, Mid-America Christian 2, April 12, 2011 at Ann Lacy Stadium in Oklahoma City
Win No. 1,300: Oklahoma City 13, Northwestern Oklahoma State 0, April 24, 2012 in Alva, Okla.
Win No. 1,350: Oklahoma City 4, Oklahoma Baptist 3, April 5, 2013 at Ann Lacy Stadium in Oklahoma City
Win No. 1,400: Oklahoma City 3, Oklahoma Baptist 2, April 3, 2014 at Ann Lacy Stadium in Oklahoma City
Win No. 1,450: Oklahoma City 8, Southwestern Christian 0, March 30, 2015 in Bethany, Okla.