SEGUIN, Texas -- Texas Lutheran Softball started defense of its 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship with a doubleheader sweep Monday afternoon of Huston-Tillotson University.
TLU won the first game 4-0 and took the second game 7-1.
Oliveira improved to 1-0 on the year with five shutout innings. She allowed just one hit, and she struck out four with only one walk.
Ouellette, younger sister of starting right-fielder Skylar Ouellette, notched her first collegiate save with two innings of one-hit relief.
Ouellette posted her second career save in the late game. She entered the circle in the top of the fifth with two outs, the base loaded, and TLU clinging to a one-run lead, at 2-1.
Ouellette coaxed a ground ball right back to her and calmly made the underhand toss to first base for the final out of the inning. She finished out the game with two more scoreless innings.
First-year right-hander Ashlyn Strother picked up her first collegiate win with 4-2/3 innings of work in the second game. She allowed just one earned run, and she struck out six.
Haley Padilla gave TLU a 2-0 lead in the late game with two-run home run in the second inning.
In the early contest, Bloxham went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Cassie Roche and Padilla also had RBI in the 4-0 victory.
The Bulldogs, who stole 195 bases in 2019, stole 10 bases in the doubleheader. TLU had five steals in each game.
The Bulldogs next head to Austin this weekend for a 2 p.m. non-conference doubleheader with Concordia Texas.