Pineville, La.-The No. 1 ranked Louisiana College Wildcats improved their record to 27-1 after picking up a pair of wins over the Lady Eagles in American Southwest Conference play Thursday.
Louisiana College (27-1, 11-1 ASC) pounded out 14 hits in a 14-0 game one win and then one-hit Ozarks (7-17, 1-9) in a 6-0 game two win.
In game one, the Wildcats scored three runs in the first and then added six more in the second to put Ozarks in a quick 9-0 hole. Ozarks collected only one hit through three innings, and Louisiana College held a 13-0 lead heading into the fourth frame. Ozarks eventually started a rally in the fourth when Ali Mathis led off with a single. Kelsey Mefford then drew a walk and after the Wildcats forced a fly out, Kaci Foster loaded the bases when she reached on an error. But Louisiana College got Mathis out at home on Emily Burns’ fielder’s choice and then got a ground out to end the rally.
Stephany Henson (4-9) started and took the loss. Mathis, Mefford and Nicole Ashley had a hit for Ozarks.
Ozarks had a tough time against Louisiana College’s starting pitcher Kelly Williams, who had a no-hitter through six and one-third innings, in game two.
Williams threw a complete game to receive her fourth win of the season. Mefford, who started in the circle for Ozarks, kept the Wildcats off the board through the first three innings. Mefford allowed just one hit through four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth as Louisiana College scored twice in the frame. Louisiana College extended their advantage to 6-0 in the sixth to make it difficult for an Ozarks’ comeback. Mathis broke up Williams’ no-hitter with a one-out single down the left field line in the seventh.
Mefford (2-5) struck out three in five and two-third innings.
The series concludes tomorrow with a double-header starting at 1:00 p.m.