Clarksville, Ark.-Pitcher's Brittany Thompson and Sarah Otteman combined for a three-hitter as the Lady Eagles took a 5-2 win in game one over LeTourneau, but the YellowJackets took advantage of four seventh-inning Ozarks' errors to rally to a 10-4 win in game two of Saturday's American Southwest Conference double- header.
In game one, Cheslea Joslin slapped a single to right field to score Kaitlyn Poirier for the first run of the game. Nicole Ashley hit her first career home run, a solo shot, in the bottom of the second to make it 2-0. Ozarks (11-11, 4-6 ASC) continued to threaten offensively in the second as they loaded the bases after Ashley’s homer. Jessica Pianalto delivered a single to left field to score two more. In the circle, Thompson’s no-hitter was broken up by LeTourneau’s Devin Borsellino in the fourth when she hit a two-run homer with two outs to cut it to 4-2. Ozarks manufactured another run in the sixth when Emily Burns knocked in Jessica George. Otteman then closed the deal to collect her fourth save of the season. Thompson (7-2) had a no-hitter going through four and two-third innings. She ended the game with four strikeouts and allowed just two hits in five innings. Otteman went two innings and gave up one hit while fanning three.
Pianalto finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Cassie Saorrono went 2-for-2.
LeTourneau (11-15, 3-7) rallied from a 4-2 seventh-inning deficit to end the game with an six-run win in game two.
Ozarks first got on the board in the third behind RBI Pianalto and Joslin. Clinging to a 2-0 lead, a two-out two-run homer by LeTourneau’s Kylie Packard in the top of the sixth tied the score at 2-2. The Lady Eagles, however, answered quickly in the bottom of the frame when Joslin homered to left field to make it a one-run game. It was Joslin’s fifth home run of the season. Saorrono later doubled in George to increase their lead to 4-2. Ozarks appeared to be in control of the game, but the YellowJackets made an incredible comeback in which they scored all eight runs with two outs in the top of the seventh.
Joslin went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Saorrono went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Otteman (1-3) suffered the loss.
Ozarks and LeTourneau will continue their series with a double-header tomorrow beginning at 12:00 p.m.