Clarksville, Ark.-The U of O softball team won three of four games in the American Southwest Conference crossover tournament held over the weekend in Irving, Texas.
The Lady Eagles (7-1, 3-1) were unable to overcome a 6-1 deficit after three innings of play and ended the game with a 7-3 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor (5-1, 2-0) on Friday. Ozarks recorded eight hits in the contest, with Erica Newell leading the way with two. Amanda Luney (2-1) received the loss. Ozarks came back in their second game of the day and defeated Schreiner University (0-4, 0-2) 5-3. Jamie Johnson came up big by knocking in three runs in the game, including two of those in a four run fifth inning for the Lady Eagles. Ozarks trailed 3-1 before Johnson’s single knocked in two runs and gave the Lady Eagles their fourth and fifth runs on the contest. Tiffany Armstrong and Newell also had RBI’s in the inning. Dana Marvin (2-0) held Schreiner to just four hits and struck out two in seven innings of work. Devon Bottoms single scored two runs and broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth and propelled the Lady Eagles to a 7-4 victory over Sul Ross State (2-6, 0-1) on Saturday. Ozarks scored three runs on five hits in the fifth with Newell also tallying one RBI. Newell went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Bottoms went 2-for-4 and recorded 4 RBI. Brooke Grice had two hits. Chanceree Catlett (3-0) received the win after pitching five innings. The Lady Eagles used an eight run first inning to oust Concordia-Austin (1-5, 1-3), 10-2, in their final game of the ASC crossover tournament. Ozarks collected nine hits from six different players. Jodie Clark paced the squad with three hits. Shannon Rainbolt, Clark, Kara Bartholomew, Bottoms and Kaleigh Dees each had an RBI. Marvin gained the win after pitching five innings and allowing only two runs. After eight games, two players are hitting over .500. Bottoms (.588) and Newell (.538) rank first and second on the team. Ozarks is hitting .349 while holding their opponents to a .255 average. Bottoms leads the team with 9 RBI and Newell has a team-best 14 hits. Catlett leads the team with three wins and Marvin has a team-best 1.69 ERA. The Lady Eagles face Eureka College in Conway on March 10 in a double-header beginning at 2 p.m.