Clarksville, Ark.- The Lady Eagles scored eight of their nine runs in the first inning en route to a 9-4 win in game one, but it was Mississippi College that took a lopsided 18-2 win in game two on Friday in American Southwest Conference play.
The Lady Eagles (12-20, 5-13) offset a three-run homer by Mississippi College’s Lauren Coleman in the first with an eight-run outburst in the bottom half of the inning. Kaitlyn Poirier smashed a grand slam to give Ozarks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Prior to Poirier’s shot, Sarah Otteman, Chelsea Joslin, Julie Wilkinson, Cassie Saorrono and Katie Pitchford all had RBI singles. Joslin went yard in the fifth to pad Ozarks lead to 9-3. After allowing three hits in the first, Brittany Thompson (8-6) gave up just four more in the game to pick up the win. She struck out seven in six and one-third innings.
Joslin finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Sarah Otteman went 2-for-4 with one RBI. It was Poirier’s first grand slam of her career.
Three Ozarks’ pitchers gave up 19 hits, while the Lady Eagles offense managed only three hits in game two.
The Choctaws (15-19, 5-13) opened the first frame with four runs on five hits. Joslin got back two with a two-run homer to left center. It was her 30th career home run. Following Joslin’s homer, Ozarks did not collect another hit in the contest. The Choctaws exploded for seven runs in the second to take a 11-2 advantage.
Stephany Henson (3-11) took the loss.
The Lady Eagles will resume their series tomorrow against Mississippi College with a double-header starting at 12:00 p.m. The game has been designated as “Senior Day” for the Lady Eagles, with recognition of the seniors and their families coming prior to the second game.