Clarksville, Ark.-No. 3 Louisiana College pounded out a combined 39 hits on Saturday to complete an American Southwest Conference double-header sweep over the University of the Ozarks.
Louisiana College (26-4, 13-3 ASC) recorded 14 hits in game one to pick up a 10-1 win.
Rene’ Schwartzenburg recorded seven strikeouts while keeping Ozarks (5-25, 0-16 ASC) to only three hits. The Louisiana College defense stayed behind Schwartzenburg the whole game making all plays and recording no errors. The Lady Wildcats jumped out early in the second inning with a double by Amber Thomas, followed by RBI by both Amanda Martin and Cassie DeCoste.
Ozarks’ defense could not keep Louisiana College’s lineup down in the third as Kelsey Brown had an RBI through the right side, followed by a home run by Thomas. It was a similar story in the fourth inning for Louisiana College as Emily Douglas plated two RBI. Louisiana College had another stand out inning in the sixth where they plated three more runs off four hits and two errors by the Ozarks’ defense bringing the score to 10-1. The Lady Wildcats held Ozarks to one run by shutting down the top of the line up to close out the game in the sixth.
Thomas went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run. Douglas, Kelsey Brown, and Carli Wheeler all put down two hits. Kelsey Stephens began a rally in the fourth with a single down the right field line that scored Heather Roberts for their first and only RBI of the game.
Stephens went 2-for-2 and had one RBI and Kelsey Mefford recorded one hit.
Arlisa Arwood (1-5) took the loss.
Louisiana College completed the sweep with a dominating 23-0 win in game two.
The game proved to be even more difficult for the Lady Eagles as Louisiana scored three runs in the first and five in the second. Ozarks couldn’t stop the visitors as Louisiana College put down 14 hits including 11 singles, two doubles, and a home run bringing the score to 19-0 in the third inning. Ozarks held them in the fourth, but they found their footing again in the fifth with a triple by Brittany Menard and home runs by Brown and Thomas plating the last four runs of the game.
Ozarks showed some life in the second inning putting down two hits, but couldn’t plate any runs. Ali Mathis tried to get things going in the fifth to keep the game alive, but the rest of Ozarks’ lineup could not be effective at the plate and were shut down by relief pitcher Carli Wheeler.
Mathis went 2-for-3 at the plate and Stephens and Arwood both recorded singles.
Kaci Foster (0-3) received the loss.
Ozarks will host Hendrix College April 6 in a double-header.
By Sarah Otteman, Sports Information Student Assistant