Clarksville, Ark.-East Texas Baptist University picked up a pair of wins over the University of the Ozarks softball team on Friday in American Southwest Conference play.
<#IMAGE:1#>East Texas Baptist University (18-8, 4-6) came back from a 3-1 deficit to upend the Lady Eagles 12-3 on Friday in game one. Ozarks (11-13, 3-7) took a quick 3-1 lead after one, but the Lady Tigers had a big fifth inning to secure the win. The Lady Eagles had four straight hits in the first, and Brooke Grice notched an RBI single, which was followed by a two-run single by Chelsea Joslin. The Lady Tigers cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fourth and then exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-3 lead. Kara Bartholomew went 3-for-3 and Stacy Simpson finished 2-for-3. Andrea Mitchell (5-9) received the loss. She went four and one-third innings. In game two, the Lady Tigers held off a late rally by Ozarks and took a narrow 4-3 win. Ozarks trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh and appeared to be ready for a comeback. Bartholomew led off the inning with a single. Brooke Grice doubled to left field to advance Bartholomew to third. Joslin then popped up to first base and Bartholomew headed home, but was out at the plate on a questionable call by the home plate umpire. The Lady Tigers then forced a fly out to end the game. East Texas Baptist held a 3-1 advantage after one inning of play. Jeanne Randall singled in Grice for the first run. Ozarks added another in the bottom of the second when Grice singled in Stacy Simpson. Trailing 4-2 going into the bottom of the fourth, Simpson doubled in Danielle Dirks to make it 4-3. Ozarks out hit the Lady Tigers 11-10, with Bartholomew and Grice each finishing 3-for-4. Mitchell received the loss after pitching six and one-third innings. The Lady Eagles will take on the Lady Tigers in a double-header beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.