Clarksville, Ark.-Austin College spoiled the University of the Ozarks softball season-opener by upending the Lady Eagles in a double-header Sunday in Sherman, Texas.
Austin College (2-0) took game one, 7-3, and then forced the run rule in a 8-0 game two victory.
Austin College serenaded the Lady Eagles (0-2) with a five-run first inning to set the tone for the day. Ozarks committed two errors in the first frame and then allowed two more runs in the second inning to build a quick 7-0 lead. In the top of the third, freshman catcher Kelsey Hallman hit a solo home run in her first collegiate at bat to break Ozarks’ scoring drought. Ozarks did not give up another run after the second inning, and later rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Trailing 7-1, Colbey Russo drove in Ashley Bush, who pinch ran for Casey Mays. Ozarks plated another run when Morgan Goates scored on an infield error. However, the rally ended on the same play as Russo was thrown out at the plate.
Ozarks collected five hits in the contest, all coming from different players.
Kelsey Mefford (0-1) tossed six innings to receive the loss.
Austin College again jumped out to an early lead in game two. The Lady Kangaroos scored four runs in the first inning, and then added three more in the second to hold a 7-0 advantage. Austin College posted four hits in the first and three hits in the second. The Lady Eagles did collect two hits in the second, but couldn’t get either runner across the plate.
It was another balanced offensive effort for the Lady Eagles as five different players had a hit.
Kaci Foster (0-1) suffered the loss.