Clarksville, Ark.-Sophomore right-hander Kaci Foster tossed a no-hitter in the Lady Eagles 16-0 game two win over Blackburn College Monday afternoon.
Foster, who was making her third start of the season, was dominant throughout the game, keeping the Beaver bats at bay. Foster did not issue a walk, and she allowed just two base runners in the five inning contest, both of which came on errors. Blackburn’s biggest threat came in the second inning when Lauren Woelfel reached on an error, and advanced to second on the throw. Woelfel eventually made it to third on a wild pitch, but Foster quickly erased the threat by forcing a groundout to end the frame. With the no-hit feat intact going into the fifth inning, Foster got two easy outs and then completed the no-hitter and shutout with a strikeout.
The Blackburn (1-5) pitching staff had trouble all day against the explosive Ozarks’ bats. The Lady Eagles (3-7) pounded out 16 hits in the non-conference affair. With a 2-0 lead after the first inning, Ozarks plated seven runs in the second to put the game out of reach. The Lady Eagles recorded seven hits in the frame, and got RBI from four different players.
Emily Burns went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI to pace Ozarks at the plate. Six others had two hits.
In game one, Ozarks scored four runs in the first inning to take early momentum. Burns accounted for two of those runs when she ripped a two-run single to right field. The Lady Eagles held a 5-1 advantage after three and one-half innings, and then added three more in the fourth to go ahead 8-1. Ali Mathis, Kelsey Mefford and Rebecca Groff each recorded RBI in the fourth frame.
Mathis led Ozarks at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance. Mathis and Burns each drove in a pair of runs.
Stephany Henson (2-3) received the win in five innings of work.
Ozarks will host Hendrix College March 11 in a double-header starting at 2:00 p.m.