Clarksville, Ark.-Hendrix College took advantage of three early errors in a 7-0 game one win, and then came-from-behind in game two to complete a double-header sweep against the Lady Eagles Wednesday.
In game one, a rough first inning for Ozarks (5-27) resulted in four runs for Hendrix (20-15). The Lady Eagles committed three errors, and Hendrix connected on a pair of hits to put Ozarks in a hole early on. The Warriors also plated one run in the second and two runs in the third to hold a comfortable 7-0 lead. Hendrix starter Elizabeth Vaughan (10-2) did the rest, limiting Ozarks to just four hits in the game. Stephany Henson (2-15) went the distance and gave up one earned run.
In game two, Ozarks had a five-run fourth inning, but couldn’t hold on as Hendrix answered with five runs of their own in the top of the fifth to take a 13-8 victory. Ozarks produced a run in the first on a Julie Wilkinson RBI, which tied the game at 1-1. After a scoreless second inning, Hendrix scored three times in the third to take the lead. Ozarks then countered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to pull within 4-3. In that frame, Kelsey Stephens opened with a double to left field. Wilkinson drew a two-out walk, and Cassie Saorrono was drilled by a pitch to load the bases. Nicole Ashley tagged a single to right center to bring in two. The Warriors went scoreless in the top of the fourth, but Ozarks connected on five hits to score five runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a one-run lead. Colbey Russo started the rally with a triple to left field. Emily Burns followed with a single through the left side, and Stephens ripped another single to center field to score pinch runner Lacey Mainer. A fielder’s choice later by Wilkinson would score a run. With two outs, Ashley drove a run in with a single through the left side. The final run would come on another fielder’s choice, this one by Kayla Harris. The lead was short-lived though as Hendrix plated five runs in the top of the fifth, taking the lead for good.
Stephens led the team with a 3-for-4 performance. Four others had two-hit games.
Kelsea Morris (1-3) took the loss in relief.
The Lady Eagles will travel to Clinton, Mississippi, to face Mississippi College April 17 and April 18.