Clarksville, Ark.-The senior duo of Chelsea Joslin and Jessica Pianalto each homered for Ozarks in a Senior Day split against Mississippi College on Saturday.
A late Ozarks (13-21, 6-14 ASC) rally in game one came up short as Mississippi College (16-20, 6-14 ASC) took a 5-4 American Southwest Conference win. Neither team was able to muster a run in the first four innings. Brittany Thompson ran into a bit of trouble in the fourth when a pair of runners got on base, but she got a nice defensive play from Joslin to end the inning. The catcher from Claremore, Okla., caught a foul ball behind home plate as she crashed into the fence to record the final out. The game remained scoreless until Mississippi College’s Adrienne Ard hit a two-run homer in the fifth. Cassie Saorrono hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 2-1.Trailing 5-1, Ozarks scratched another run across in the sixth when Jessica Pianalto scored from third on an error by the third baseman. Ozarks came back into the game in the bottom of the seventh when Pianalto belted a two-run homer to cut it to 5-4. However, Choctaw starter Nicole Lanthier (2-2) then forced a fly out to end the contest.
Pianalto and Saorrono each collected two hits. Both now have two home runs this season. Thompson (8-7) took the loss. She struck out six.
Trailing 6-3 in the top of the sixth, Joslin hit a grand slam in the bottom half of the inning to lift Ozarks to a 8-6 win in game two. Danielle Dirks followed Joslin with a solo shot for the final run of the game. The Choctaws opened the game with a 4-0 lead, but Ozarks answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first when Joslin roped a two-run single to right field. Mississippi College plated a run in the second and third innings to make it 6-2. Ozarks would strand 10 in the contest, but Joslin refused to keep that trend with her ninth homer of the year in the sixth.
Joslin finished 2-for-3 with 6 RBI.
Stephany Henson (4-11) received the win. She went six innings and gave up two earned runs.
The Lady Eagles will host Hendrix College on April 22 in their final home game of the season.