Clarksville, Ark.--The U of O softball team dropped two games to Louisiana College on Friday afternoon in American Southwest Conference action, but nearly pulled off an upset in game two.
Louisiana College’s starting pitcher Sandi Clark threw a four-hit game in route to a 5-2 win over the Lady Eagles in Friday’s first game. Louisiana College (26-8, 21-5) scored early in the contest and then relied on Clark and a strong Lady Wildcat defense to hold the lead for the game’s entirety. Louisiana College’s offense consisted of only two runs in the first, one run in the second and two runs in the third, but it proved to be enough. However, Ozarks (9-26-1, 5-21) wouldn’t go down easy to the conference’s top-ranked team. The Lady Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Chelsea Joslin led off the inning with a single up the middle. Erica Newell followed with a single and advanced to second on an error. Kayla Reedy, who pinch ran for Joslin, scored on the play. Newell scored on a passed ball. The Lady Eagles, however, were forced into a double play to end the game. Chanceree Catlett (4-14) received the loss. Catlett had four strikeouts. Ozarks nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets this season when the Lady Eagles took the East Division champions into ten innings only to fall 9-8 in the end. Ozarks controlled the game until the final inning before the Lady Wildcats came-from-behind to hand Ozarks a heart-breaker. The Lady Eagles led 4-3 going into the top of the seventh, but Louisiana College scored twice to make the score 5-4. Joslin’s second home run of the game extended the game into extra innings. Joslin, who has a school single-season record of eight homers, bashed a three-run shot in the third inning to give Ozarks a 4-1 advantage. In the eighth, both teams scored three runs apiece to send it to the ninth. Louisiana College threatened to score in the top of the ninth when they had a runner on third base. However, Brooke Grice made the play of the game when she made a diving snag down the third base line to end the inning on a lineout. Louisiana College would eventually score the game-winner on an RBI single. Ozarks had their game-tying run thrown out at the plate early in the inning. The Lady Eagles battered a solid Lady Wildcat pitching staff for 16 hits. Grice went 4-for-5 to lead the Lady Eagles. Joslin finished with four RBI. Devon Bottoms (0-2) received the loss. The two teams square off tomorrow in what will be designated as "Senior Day." A ceremony honoring senior Shannon Rainbolt will be held at 10:45 a.m. The double-header begins at 11:00 a.m.