Clarksville, Ark.-No. 3 Louisiana College needed extra innings and a boost from its All-America senior pitcher to complete a Friday afternoon double-header sweep against the University of the Ozarks.
Hits were tough to come by in game one, but Louisiana College’s Rene’ Schwartzenburg received a five-run fourth inning from her offense to get past Ozarks 6-1. Schwartzenburg, an All-America right-hander, and Ozarks’ starter Rebecca Groff were in a pitcher’s duel early on. Groff retired the side in the first and third innings, while Schwartzenburg had six strikeouts during that stretch. The Lady Wildcats (24-4, 11-3 ASC) offense eventually collected two hits in the fourth, one of which came against Groff, who was making her first start of the season. Arlisa Arwood was inserted in the fourth and allowed just two hits in three and one-third innings in relief.
Schwartzenburg (14-1) registered 14 strikeouts and allowed only four base runners to pick up the win.
Groff (0-1) took the loss.
In game two, Ozarks (5-23, 0-14 ASC) roughed up Louisiana College starter Kelly Williams for ten hits only to have Schwartzenburg come in and throw two and two-third hitless innings for a 13-6 win.
Schwartzenburg also benefitted from the Lady Wildcats plating seven runs in the eighth inning.
Ali Mathis led off the bottom of the first with a single and Heather Roberts later ripped a single to centerfield to give Ozarks a 1-0 lead. Louisiana College scored three runs in the second to take a 3-1 advantage. The Lady Wildcats hit a two-run homer in the third to increase its lead to 5-1. Ozarks rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame. The first run came on a bases loaded walk and the second came when Ozarks stole home. Trailing 6-3 in the fifth, the Lady Eagles loaded the bases with two outs and Colbey Russo delivered a single to left field to score one to narrow it to 6-4. The Lady Eagles mounted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth when Mathis and Kelsey Mefford recorded back-to-back hits. With runners on second and third, Roberts bunted home Mathis to get Ozarks within 6-5. Kelsey Stephens was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners. A wild pitch allowed Mefford to score from third and tied the game, 6-6.
The Lady Wildcats found their offense in extra innings, recording five hits, while Ozarks committed three errors.
Arwood (1-4) suffered the loss.
Roberts went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Mathis was 3-for-5.
Ozarks will conclude their series against Louisiana College tomorrow with a double-header starting at noon.