Clarksville, Ark.-No. 14 East Texas Baptist University took a 6-2 victory in game one and then run-ruled the Lady Eagles 8-0 in game two Sunday in American Southwest Conference play.
In game one, the Lady Eagles (3-15, 1-5 ASC) gained early momentum, scoring one run off three hits. Sarah Otteman led off the inning with a single and Kayla Harris followed with a walk. With one out, Julie Wilkinson rocked a single to right center to score Otteman. Cassie Saorrono reached base on an infield bunt to load the bases. However, East Texas Baptist (20-4, 6-2 ASC) got Harris out on a play at the plate on a fielder’s choice and then recorded a strikeout to end the inning. Ozarks’ lead would only be sustained for a short time. East Texas Baptist scored twice in the top of the second and once in the top of the third. Saorrono provided another offensive spark in the third inning, doubling to right center with two outs. Nicole Ashley hit a double of her own to bring in Saorrono and close the gap to 3-2. But the Tigers scored three in the fourth and Ozarks didn’t score again.
Stephany Henson (1-7) tossed a complete game with three strikeouts.
Saorrono finished 2-for-3.
East Texas Baptist starter Ayrika Henderson fanned 10 and allowed just three hits in five innings of work in a game two win.
The Tigers recorded only eight hits in the game, but they got them with runners in scoring position and Ozarks committed three errors during the five-inning affair. East Texas Baptist scored four runs in the first inning to make a comeback difficult for the Lady Eagles. Ozarks had trouble against Henderson as she allowed only four base runners in the game.
Wilkinson, Saorrono and Danielle Dirks had hits in the game.
Kelsey Mefford (0-3) suffered the loss. She worked four innings and fanned four. Kelsea Morris pitched the final inning.
The Lady Eagles will host Lyon College April 1 in a double-header starting at 2:00 p.m.