Clarksville, Ark.-LeTourneau University broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh to claim a 3-2 win over the Lady Eagles in game one and then completed Saturday's sweep with a 7-1 victory in game two of the American Southwest Conference double-header.
In game one, LeTourneau (11-9, 3-7 ASC) scored once in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 advantage. Starter Stephany Henson allowed just two hits in the final three innings of play, and was charged with only one earned run in the seven inning contest. Henson got help in the top of the sixth when Nicole Ashley made a spectacular diving catch from her right field position to end the inning. Ashley then put her bat to work in the bottom half of the sixth when she laced a single to left field. But it was Sarah Otteman who started the rally with a lead-off infield single. Ali Mathis followed Ashley by stroking a double to center field to score both runners, and tie the contest 2-2 heading into the seventh frame. But LeTourneau took advantage of a pair of Ozarks’ errors in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good. LeTourneau’s Alex Flanagan then retired the side in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win.
Otteman finished 2-for-4 for Ozarks (7-15, 1-7 ASC).
Henson (4-7) suffered the loss.
In game two, Ozarks left ten runners on base and loaded the bases in the third and sixth innings only to produce one run. Ozarks’ defense had a number of costly miscues that allowed LeTourneau to take an early 5-0 advantage. Ozarks scored a run in the bottom of the second on an Emily Burns RBI single. But the YellowJackets put two more runs on the board in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to 7-1. Henson led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and Morgan Goates and Colbey Russo later recorded back-to-back walks to load the bases. However, LeTourneau fanned the final batter to end the rally.
Henson went 2-for-3 at the plate and Otteman finished 2-for-4.
Kaci Foster (1-5) started and took the loss.
Ozarks will travel to Pineville, Louisiana, to face Louisiana College April 1-2.