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Lady Eagles Blast North Arkansas College

April 15, 2003
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles (16-16, 7-13) softball team blasted the North Arkansas College Lady Pioneers in a non-conference double-header on Tuesday afternoon in Clarksville.

The Lady Eagles combined solid pitching, steady hitting and near flawless defense to dominate the Lady Pioneers in both games. Ozarks scored five runs in both the first and second inning to put away the Lady Pioneers early and take a 10-1 victory in game one. Shannon Rainbolt started the bottom of the first with a single to left field and advanced to second after an Adrianne Ware single. Jamie Johnson would reach base on a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and third. As Johnson stole second, Rainbolt crossed the plate after attempted throw to catch Johnson stealing. Ozarks continued to slug away when pitcher Amanda Luney helped her own cause by recording a bases loaded double to knock in three runs. Luney would eventually score to push the lead to 5-0 after one inning of action. The Lady Eagles matched the first inning when they scored five runs on two hits in the bottom half of second. The Lady Pioneers would score just once in the game in the fourth inning and never threatened to score again as Luney controlled the Lady Poineer batters. Luney (8-8) received the win after pitching five innings and striking out five. Rainbolt continued her hot streak from the plate, going 3-for-3 and scoring two runs. Ware and Leigh Thompson had two hits apiece. Luney led the club with 3 RBI. Ozarks continued to put runs on the board in the second game, collecting 13 hits and scoring four runs in both the second and fourth innings to pick up an easy 9-0 victory. Four Lady Eagles crossed the plate in the bottom of the second on five hits. Regan Brown, Ware, Rainbolt and Johnson each knocked in runs in the inning. The Lady Eagles scored three of their four runs in the fourth inning after Thompson knocked in two runs and crossed the plate herself after an errant throw by a Lady Pioneer infielder. Brandi Blake (8-8) kept the Lady Pioneer offense off balance throughout the game and gave up only three hits while striking out three batters. Thompson had a team-best three hits and four RBI. Ozarks will finish the season when they host East Texas Baptist April 25-26 in American Southwest Conference play.