Clarksville, Ark.-The U of O Lady Eagles (13-13, 6-10) softball team dropped three games to Mississippi College (18-13, 8-10) in American Southwest Conference action over the weekend.
The Lady Eagles recorded a 6-1 win in the final game of the four-game series, but lost 1-0, 7-2, and 8-0 in the first three games. Ozarks collected just two hits in the first game of their 8-0 loss on Friday. Jamie Johnson and Kelly Bennett recorded the Lady Eagles’ hits. Amanda Luney (6-7) received the loss. The Lady Eagles ended the second game with an 7-2 loss to the Lady Choctaws. Mississippi held a 7-0 lead after five innings of play. Ozarks would get their runs in the sixth and seven innings. Brandi Blake (7-6) received the loss. Freshman outfielder Devon Bottoms paced Ozarks with two hits. The Lady Eagles lost a tough 1-0 battle to the Lady Choctaws in the third game of the series April 5. Mississippi College scored the lone run of the game in the third inning. Johnson singled in the first inning and was eventually moved into scoring position, but the Lady Eagles were unable to produce a run. Luney received the loss. A determined Lady Eagles squad came out in the final game of the series and picked up a 6-1 victory over the Lady Choctaws. Ozarks scored all six of their runs in the third inning to gain the victory. The Lady Eagles pounded out eight singles in the inning, with Bottoms, Leigh Thompson, Blake, Andrea Dewey and Shannon Rainbolt recording RBI’s. Rainbolt and Bottoms each had two hits. Blake received the win. "I think we lost our confidence in the first game and were we unable to find any rhythm for the rest of the game and that carried into the second game too," said head coach Jon Janssen. "On Saturday, we played more loose and played better, but we’ve got to learn how to overcome tough starts. It seems like all season our first game determines how we play the rest of the series. We control our own destiny as far as the playoffs go and our girls realize that we still have a shot at the post-season and that’s what we have aimed for all year." Ozarks will travel to Richardson, Texas, to face UT-Dallas April 11 and 12.