Clarksville, Ark.-For the second time this season, the Lady Eagles split with Texas-Dallas in American Southwest Conference action.
Ozarks (10-10, 3-5) took the first game 6-4, but dropped the second 7-10 on Tuesday in Richardson, Texas.
In game one, Ozarks trailed 2-1 after the fifth, but scored three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead. Danielle Dirks singled to left field to score Sarah Otteman. Ashleigh Roberts drove a shot down the right field line to score Kaitlyn Poirier. The final run of the frame came when Nicole Ashley recorded a sacrifice fly to score Jessica George. The Comets (10-17, 4-8) battled back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the contest at 4-4. Ozarks rallied back for a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good. Brittany Thompson, who was pinch running, scored the first run, and Chelsea Joslin had a sacrifice fly to score Otteman for the second run.
Otteman and Dirks each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Joslin finished 2-for-3.
Otteman (1-2) also picked up the win after pitching the final two innings.
A back-and-forth battle ensued in game two, but it was Texas-Dallas that came out on top in the divisional clash.
The Lady Eagles struck first when Joslin powered a solo home run over the left field fence to give Ozarks a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. The Comets answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Ozarks took back the lead in the next frame. Poirier singled in Ashley, and Joslin recorded another RBI when she grounded out to third, giving Ozarks a 3-2 lead. Not to be outdone, Texas-Dallas scored three in the bottom of the third to make it 5-3. Trailing 6-3 after four, Ozarks rallied in the fifth behind a two-run homer by Joslin. It was her fourth homer of the year. Prior to Joslin’s blast, Poirier singled in Otteman. Texas-Dallas manufactured one run in the bottom of the fifth to take back the lead. Texas-Dallas went on to score a decisive three runs in the bottom of the sixth to hold a 10-6 advantage.
Joslin finished 2-for-5 with 5 RBI. Otteman and Poirier each went 3-for-4. Poirier added 2 RBI.
Otteman suffered the loss.
Ozarks will host LeTourneau University in a four-game series this weekend beginning on Friday at 3:00 p.m.