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One-Run Games Unkind To Lady Eagles

April 18, 2009
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles suffered a pair of one-run losses against Mississippi College Saturday as the Choctaws completed a four-game American Southwest Conference sweep over the weekend.

Ozarks (5-31, 3-17 ASC) dropped a heart-breaker in game one, losing 2-1, and then received a 3-2 setback in game two.

On Friday, the Choctaws (16-17, 9-9 ASC) took a 5-1 win and a 8-0 win in the nightcap.

In Saturday’s game one loss, the contest was scoreless through six complete innings before Ozarks made a rally. With one out, Danielle Dirks put herself in scoring position when she tripled to right field. With two outs, Sarah Otteman reached base on an error by the shortstop, allowing Dirks to cross the plate. The lead was short-lived though as Mississippi College plated a pair of runs on a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh.

Julie Wilkinson and Kayla Harris each had two hits.

Stephany Henson (2-16) took the loss after coming in relief for Kelsey Mefford.

Ozarks would again score first in game two, but the Choctaws seemed to have an answer for each Ozarks’ rally. Wilkinson broke a 0-0 tie in the top of the fourth with a solo home to left field. The Choctaws came right back to take a 2-1 lead when they got two runs off three hits. Mississippi College added a run in the sixth to pad their lead to 3-1, but Ozarks answered with a run in the top of the seventh on a two-out Dirks RBI double. However, Mississippi College got a strike out to end the game.

Four different players had one hit for Ozarks.

Starter Kelsea Morris (1-4) took the loss after tossing five innings.

Ozarks had trouble at the plate on Friday, as the Choctaws allowed just three hits on the day.

In game one, the Choctaws owned a 5-0 lead after five innings, but Ozarks manufactured a run in the sixth to trim the deficit to 5-1. Otteman drove in Colbey Russo on a double to right center. But the Choctaws retired the side in the seventh to end the game.

Henson absorbed the loss in a complete game outing.

In game two on Friday, the Choctaws limited Ozarks to just one hit in a five-inning run-rule affair.

Mefford (1-8) took the loss.

The Lady Eagles will host UT-Tyler in a double-header Monday beginning at 1:00 p.m.